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Sleeping Alone

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Stories
Author 1
Ru Freeman
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In this collection of rich and textured stories about crossing borders, both real and imagined, Sleeping Alone asks one of the fundamental questions of our times: What is the toll of feeling foreign in one’s land, to others, or even to oneself? A cast of misfits, young and old, single and coupled, even entire family units, confront startling changes wrought by difficult circumstances or harrowing choices. 
 
These stories span the world, moving from Maine to Sri Lanka, from Dublin to Philadelphia, paying exquisite attention to the dance between the intimate details of our lives and our public selves. 
 
Whether Ru Freeman, author of the novel On Sal Mal Lane, is capturing secrets kept by siblings in Sri Lanka, or the life of itinerants in New York City, she renders the nuances of her characters’ lives with real sensitivity, and imbues them with surprising dignity and grace. 

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List Price
$16.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-64445-088-8
Format
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
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Subject
Pages
Pages
216
Trim Size
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
Keynote
Wide-ranging, vibrant stories from the acclaimed author of On Sal Mal Lane

About the Author

Ru  Freeman
Credit: Hasadri Freeman
Ru Freeman is the author of On Sal Mal Lane and A Disobedient Girl. An activist and journalist whose work appears internationally, she calls both Sri Lanka and America home.

http://rufreeman.com/
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VIRTUAL: Ru Freeman in conversation with Natashia Deón and Dolen Perkins-Valdez on SLEEPING ALONE, presented by Books & Books, Harvard Book Store, Politics & Prose

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Books & Books--Coral Gables in Coral Gables, FLview map
4:00 PM PT / 6:00 PM CT / 7:00 PM ET. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information and to register for the event. Copies of SLEEPING ALONE are available for purchase at Books & Books, Harvard Book Store, and Politics & Prose

Ru Freeman reading and in conversation on SLEEPING ALONE, presented by McNally Jackson Books

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McNally Jackson in New York, NYview map
Check back for more details and registration info. Copies of SLEEPING ALONE will be available for purchase at the event and McNally Jackson's online store. All attendees are encouraged to wear a face mask at all times and provide proof of vaccination in order to enter event.

VIRTUAL: Ru Freeman reading and in conversation with Rick Simonson on SLEEPING ALONE, presented Elliott Bay Book Company

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Elliott Bay Book Co in Seattle, WAview map
6:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM CT / 9:00 PM ET. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Copies of SLEEPING ALONE are available for purchase at Elliott Bay Book Company

Praise

  • “Freeman is not afraid to linger in disquiet. The eleven individual stories tell of many kinds of heartache, more than it would seem a slim volume could hold. . . [She] makes visible lives that are often hidden in plain sight.”—Carol Iaciofano Aucoin, WBUR Arts & Culture
  • “An accomplished debut collection. . . . deftly constructed and vividly realized. . . . Freeman is capable of producing darker hues, and of disturbing and delighting in equal measure.”—Malcolm Forbes, Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • “Delicate and vital. . . . Freeman’s charisma shines on each page of these beautiful stories. This is a treasure.”Publishers Weekly, starred review 
     
  • “Set around the world and grappling with themes of race and class, Freeman's stories work precisely because they are full of the drama and the ordinariness of life. Here is proof that there is tragedy and beauty in the everyday; you just have to know where to look.”—Poornima Apte, Booklist, starred review 
     
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