Sleep Toward Heaven is a luminous story of murder and desire, solitude and grace, set in Manhattan and small-town Texas.
In Gatestown, twenty-nine-year old Karen awaits her execution on Death Row. In New York, Franny, a doctor the same age, plans her wedding and tries to resist her urge to run. In Austin, Celia, a brassy young librarian, mourns her lost husband.
Over the course of one summer, the three women’s disparate lives intertwine. Karen, Franny, and Celia all struggle to find their place in a world where nothing is sure, as they move toward one night that will change them all forever.
With razor-sharp prose and humor that ignites the page, Amanda Eyre Ward’s debut novel will keep you reading all night and give you something to talk about in the morning. Sleep Toward Heaven is a novel to celebrate and to savor.
Amanda Eyre Ward is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning novel Sleep Toward Heaven. The New York Post named Ward one of five Writers to Watch in 2003. She grew up in Rye, New York, and lives in Cataumet, Massachusetts, with her husband and son. Visit her site at www.amandaward.com."""
“Ward's no-nonsense, unflinching prose and her complex but never confounding structure makes this novel very tough to put down. But her greater triumph is her ability to humanize all of these characters….In Ward's hands, each is eerily recognizable, for the pain they have suffered at the hands of men and the pain that is self-inflicted. In their hope and humor in the face of fear, in their inclination toward community against all odds, in their egregious mistakes and their striving toward forgiveness, we cannot help but see ourselves.”
— Pam Houston, O, the Oprah Magazine
Publication Date: March 19, 2003
trim size: 5 x 8 Hardcover