Sleepless Nights


by Hardwick, Elizabeth, McBride, Eimear | Literature & literary studies
Paperback | 144 pages

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by Hardwick, Elizabeth, McBride, Eimear | Literature & literary studies
Published 04/07/2019 by FABER & FABER in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 144 pages

Sally Rooney: ‘High intelligence and beauty.’
Margo Jefferson: ‘Extraordinary’

Rediscover a lost American classic in this kaleidoscopic scrapbook of one woman’s memories, with a new introduction by Eimear McBride.

I am alone here in New York, no longer a we …

First published in 1979, Sleepless Nights is a unique collage of fiction and memoir, letters and essays, portraits and dreams.

It is more than the story of a life: it is Elizabeth Hardwick’s experience of womanhood in the twentieth century. Escaping her childhood home of Kentucky, the narrator arrives at a bohemian hotel in Manhattan filled with ‘drunks, actors, gamblers … love and alcohol and clothes on the floor.’ Here begin the erotic affairs and dinner parties, the abortions and heartbreaks, the friendships and ‘people I have buried’.

Here are luminous sketches of characters she has met that illuminate the era’s racism, sexism, and poverty. Above all, here is prose blurring into poetry, language to lose – and perhaps to find – yourself in. Society tries to write these lives before they are lived.

It does not always succeed.

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