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Sleeping Alone

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Ru Freeman
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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Wide-ranging, vibrant stories from the acclaimed author of On Sal Mal Lane

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Ru  Freeman
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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.
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  • “Delicate and vital. . . . Freeman’s charisma shines on each page of these beautiful stories. This is a treasure.”Publishers Weekly, starred review 
  • “[Sleeping Alone] methodically strips away the intricate layers of privilege, revealing the sometimes-sinister truth that no one is ever truly safe, regardless of societal status. . . . Each story is tightly structured and aimed to pierce through the reader’s own sense of stability. . . . Deceptively disturbing, deeply felt, and original.”Kirkus Reviews
  • “A collection of marvels. Every story of Sleeping Alone feels vivid and intimate, boldly mining the complicated intersections between the global and the local in exquisite prose. Freeman is a writer of remarkable talent and ferocity, and it’s breathtaking to see her working at the height of her powers.”—Tania James
  • “These deftly controlled stories almost prickle the skin with their secrets, with the shame and longing and injustice, both personal and structural, that is revealed. But they also contain an exhilarating beauty, what feels like the charged breath of life. . . . Ru Freeman is an author of rare genius.”—Mary South
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