The Sleepwalker'S Guide To Dancing: A Novel

The Sleepwalker'S Guide To Dancing: A Novel

  • Publish Date: 2015-06-09
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Mira Jacob
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For fans of J. Courtney Sullivan, Meg Wolitzer, Mona Simpson, and Jhumpa Lahiri comes a winning, irreverent debut novel about a family wrestling with its future and its past.

With depth, heart, and agility, debut novelist Mira Jacob takes us on a deftly plotted journey that ranges from 1970s India to suburban 1980s New Mexico to Seattle during the boom. The Sleepwalkers Guide to Dancing is an epic, irreverent testimony to the bonds of love, the pull of hope, and the power of making peace with lifes uncertainties.

Celebrated brain surgeon Thomas Eapen has been sitting on his porch, talking to dead relatives. At least that is the story his wife, Kamala, prone to exaggeration, tells their daughter, Amina, a photographer living in Seattle.

Reluctantly Amina returns home and finds a situation that is far more complicated than her mother let on, with roots in a trip the family, including Aminas rebellious brother Akhil, took to India twenty years earlier. Confronted by Thomass unwillingness to explain himself, strange looks from the hospital staff, and a series of puzzling items buried in her mothers garden, Amina soon realizes that the only way she can help her father is by coming to terms with her familys painful past. In doing so, she must reckon with the ghosts that haunt all of the Eapens.

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With wit and a rich understanding of human foibles, Jacob unspools a story that will touch your heart.People

Optimistic, unpretentious and refreshingly witty.Associated Press

By turns hilarious and tender and always attuned to shifts of emotion . . . [Jacobs] characters shimmer with life.Entertainment Weekly

A rich, engrossing debut told with lightness and care.The Kansas City Star

[A] sprawling, poignant, often humorous novel . . . Told with humor and sympathy for its characters, the book serves as a bittersweet lesson in the binding power of family, even when we seek to break out from it.O: The Oprah Magazine

Moving forward and back in time, Jacob balances comedy and romance with indelible sorrow. . . . When her plot springs surprises, she lets them happen just as they do in life: blindsidingly right in the middle of things.The Boston Globe

This is an effortlessly gorgeous and rich book. Its prose is lovely and precise, alternately luminous and direct; its observations of people and families and the physical world are poignant and a delight. The dialogue is sharp, funny, and true. This is a triumphant debut!Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!

Comparisons of Jacob to Jhumpa Lahiri are inevitable; . . . both write with naked honesty about the uneasy generational divide among Indians in America and about family in all its permutations.Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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