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Sleep Toward Heaven: A Novel Paperback – Import, 17 February 2004

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“It’s funny and sad and redemptive. Read it now. Thank me later.” -- Jennifer Weiner, New York Times bestselling author of Good in Bed and In Her Shoes

“Hauntingly rich, wise and sharply etched.” -- James Ellroy

Sleep Toward Heaven is a merciful gaze on the lives of three women inextricably linked by murder and ultimate grace. Brutal, beautiful, wise--Amanda Eyre Ward has written a storm of a novel. It will rattle the cage of your heart.” -- Debra Magpie Earling, author of Perma Red

“In this ambitious debut novel, with cinematic scope and a probing eye, Amanda Eyre Ward takes her readers inside he criminal justice system and into the hearts and minds of three women whose lives literally hang in each other’s hands during a few desperately hot months of Texas summer.” -- Thisbe Nissen, author of The Good People of New York

“Ward’s no-nonsense, unflinching prose and her complex but never confounding structure make this novel very tough to put down. But her greater triumph is her ability to humanize all these characters.” -- O, The Oprah Magazine

“Sometimes the best fiction is inspired by fact, as in the case of Sleep Toward Heaven, a first novel that manages to be both socially relevant and completely personal...wonderfully sewed to the fringe of autobiography, in this case searching for an answer to the question: ‘Is that darkness within me?’" -- New York Post

“How do we forgive the unforgivable? First-time novelist Ward explores this question with a delicate blend of compassion, humor and realism. Ward’s celebration of human resilience never becomes preachy, sentimental or politically heavy-handed. Her spare but psychologically rich portraits are utterly convincing.”  -- Publishers Weekly

“Razor-sharp writing and characters that are believably rendered. Faith, forgiveness and redemption comprise tried and true terrain in fiction. Ward delivers all three without manipulation or melodrama. She has woven a wonderful fictional tapestry with meaning embedded in the threads.” -- Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“Ward intertwines the lives of three women in a poignant tale of benevolence and brutality, whose compelling images resonate long after the final page has been turned. Her sharply drawn characters ponder life’s capital-letter concepts—Guilt, Vengeance, Forgiveness. Her tone is masterfully restrained, impassioned without being preachy, and darkly humorous. . . . Ward’s astonishing debut blends pathos and suspense into the rarest of fictional breeds—a literary page-turner.” -- BookPage

“Surprisingly sympathetic. . . smartly rendered. Nothing about Sleep Toward Heaven reads like a first novel. . . . [Ward] puts faces on people we don’t like to think about. And she conjures up a completely believable microsociety—funny and tragic and imbued with the morbid irony that comes from waking up each morning knowing the exact day and time you’ll die.” -- Texas Monthly

“[Ward] gives us vivid, often jarring images of life in and about women’s death row. Remarkable and surprising.” -- Texas Observer

“Like a Rorschach test, Sleep Toward Heaven...prompt[s] readers to look into their own minds and hearts.” -- Charlotte Observer

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Amanda Eyre Ward's debut novel is an intimate portrait of three women whose lives collide during a brutal Texas summer.

In Gatestown, Texas, twenty-nine-year-old Karen Lowens awaits her execution with a host of convicted serial killers on death row. In Manhattan, Dr. Franny Wren, also twenty-nine, tends to a young cancer patient, and resists the urge to run from her fiancé and her carefully crafted life. In Austin, Texas, brassy Celia Mills, a once-vibrant librarian, mourns her murdered husband.

Over the course of the summer, fate pushes these eerily recognizable women together, culminating in a revelation of the possibility of faith, the responsibility of friendship, and the value of life. Sleep Toward Heaven is a luminous story of murder and desire, solitude and grace -- a rare literary page-turner where redemption seems perpetually within arm's reach.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (17 February 2004)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0060582294
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0060582296
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 222 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.49 x 1.73 x 20.32 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ USA
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