The debut novel from "New York Times"-bestselling author Meg Wolitzer, a story of three college students' shared fascination with poetry and death, and how one of them must face difficult truths in order to leave her obsession behind. Published when she was only twenty-three and written while she was a student at Brown, Sleepwalking marks the ...Read MoreThe debut novel from "New York Times"-bestselling author Meg Wolitzer, a story of three college students' shared fascination with poetry and death, and how one of them must face difficult truths in order to leave her obsession behind. Published when she was only twenty-three and written while she was a student at Brown, Sleepwalking marks the beginning of Meg Wolitzer's acclaimed career. Filled with her usual wisdom, compassion and insight, "Sleepwalking "tells the story of the three notorious "death girls," so called on the Swarthmore campus because they dress in black and are each absorbed in the work and suicide of a different poet: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Wolitzer's creation Lucy Asher, a gifted writer who drowned herself at twenty-four. At night the death girls gather in a candlelit room to read their heroines' work aloud. But an affair with Julian, an upperclassman, pushes sensitive, struggling Claire Danziger--she of the Lucy Asher obsession--to consider to what degree her "death girl" identity is really who she is. As she grapples with her feelings for Julian, her own understanding of herself and her past begins to shift uncomfortably and even disturbingly. Finally, Claire takes drastic measures to confront the facts about herself that she has been avoiding for years.Read Less
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Fred Marcellino Dust Jacket. Near Fine in Very Good jacket. 5 1/2" X 8 1/4" 215 pages. Dust jacket price clipped. Light green boards with black cloth quarter spine with bronze lettering and cover decoration of author's initials. Top and bottom of green boards sun faded very slightly otherwise fine. No other defects. Some stress on edges of dust jacket but not chipped or torn. Wolitzer's first book-first novel. Dust jacket praise from John Hawkes, Mary Gordon, Gail Godwin. Story of three Swarthmore classmates who are immersed into women's authors such as Sylvia Plath. At first they seemed interchangeable---Naomi, Laura and Claired, the three notorious death girls of the Swarthmore campus. Always together, always dressed in black. The Julian Gould, an upperlcassman, accidentally comes upon Claire alone and finds her curiusly attractive. They begin to have an affair. A penetrating examination of the isolated, claustrophobic world of the college student and the painful, often bitter, experience of becoming an adult.
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