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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
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.
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  • “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
  • Sleeping Alone presents us with a deftly rendered cross-section of contemporary society.”—Megan V. Luebberman, Zyzzyva
  • “Delicate and vital. . . . Freeman’s charisma shines on each page of these beautiful stories. This is a treasure.”Publishers Weekly, starred review 
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