The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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Spanning India in the 1970s to New Mexico in the '80s to Seattle in the '90s, Mira Jacob's The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is a winning, irreverent debut novel about a family wrestling with its future and its past. Advance praise for The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing "Punchy, clever, and stuffed with delicious chapatis, Mira Jacob's first novel jumps effortlessly from India to the States, creating a vibrant portrait of a world in flux."'Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story "The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing seizes the reader early and never lets go. Its electricities reside in Mira Jacob's acute details and the sadness, anger, and humor of her characters. This novel tells many wonderful stories while also telling, beautifully, the story that counts the most."'Sam Lipsyte, author of The Fun Parts "Mira Jacob has written an utterly dazzling, epic debut. The story of an Indian-American family is at once completely relatable and totally fresh. A beautifully timed novel, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is intricately woven and sparklingly played out and it triumphs. I did not want this breathtaking book to end."'Julie Klam, author of Friendkeeping "I read this in one sitting. I couldn't have stopped, wouldn't even have noticed, if my house had caught fire. Mira Jacob is a born storyteller and a fantastic writer. The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is a truly great book."'Abigail Thomas, author of A Three Dog Life "The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is a time-traveling multigenerational saga that still remains intimate in its feel and central focus. For all of its witty and loving attention to the power of familial bonds, it is most eloquent on the subject of a grief so profound that its everyday weight pulls the grievers closer to the dead than to the living. And yet the overall effect, miraculously, is celebratory."'Jim Shepard, author of You Think That's Bad "What a thrill to discover Mira Jacobs, a warm, witty new voice in American fiction. The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is both rich and wise. I savored every page."'Amanda Eyre Ward, author of How to Be Lost "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!
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2014
ISBN: 9780812994797
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Poignant, with fully realized characters and a vibrant setting, this family mystery is a sleeper hit.

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Jul 23, 2017

Very good book a lot because of cross cultural angles: children of an Indian family moved to New Mexico for work. Long (500 pages), amazing for a first novel. Ending was a bit loose. Good fun for those looking to engage with a long term family drama.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is a delightfully-written story of career, family, and destiny. The prose is fantastic. The story remains interesting and poignant through all its 500 pages. It's wonderful, and it does so much. Mira Jacob goes back and forth between places and time, and she does so without a hiccup. There are so many subplots going on, yet they all fit together and are not only terrific in their own right, but relevant to the larger story. It flows so seamlessly that you have to applaud the author and her editors. The characters are detailed. The dialogue is witty. The story itself has moments of humor and heartbreak. I really enjoyed this book.

Mar 31, 2015

This story is rapidly shooting its way up my all-time favorites list. I'm about 1/2 way through & it's definitely in the top 5 and still climbing. I'm actually listening to it on audiobook CD - what a treat! The author reads her story and she reads it amazingly, entertainingly, touchingly, simply wonderfully. I intend to listen to it again right away in addition to borrowing a hard copy so I can record my favorite lines accurately. Read this book if you like to LOL & LOL & LOL, but do take care, you will likely she'd a tear or two as well. It is a beautifully balanced story. I love that at 42, I can still discover new favorite books & authors. And thanks to my favorite sister for throwing Sleepwalker's my way at the exact right moment :)

Feb 10, 2015

Very complicated depressing book about a dysfunctional family. I found it slow and cumbersome to read.

Aug 20, 2014

I thought the ending was rushed.


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