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Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

Autor(a) de Madeleine Is Sleeping (Harvest Book)

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About the Author

Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum's first novel, Madeleine is Sleeping, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2004. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, the Georgia Review, and The Best American Short Stories. She teaches writing at the University of California, San Diego.

Obras por Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 557 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2009 (2009) — Contribuidor — 362 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 265 exemplares
20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker (2010) — Contribuidor — 169 exemplares
Do Me: Sex Tales from Tin House (2007) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares


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This collection reminded me of how good a traditional short story can be. The stories aren't themselves old-fashioned at all, but the structure and rigor of them feels a little old school, in the best possible way. These are stories that remind me of why I love short stories.
I found this book when it was a finalist for The Story Prize, which is a great resource for finding excellent collections. (http://thestoryprize.org)

These stories are varied and never felt repetitive. A father worries about his daughter as he watches her instagram feed. A burglar cases a house that he's sure will be empty when he breaks in. A writer spends much of her time at a writers's retreat walking and becomes fixated on one specific house. A trio of girls find the balances in their friendship changing with adolescence. Each story is so well crafted and I could have read an entire novel about any one of them, but each was complete in itself. This is an excellent collection.… (mais)
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RidgewayGirl | 3 outras críticas | May 22, 2022 |
An interesting experiment in style. It reminded me a bit of an Angela Carter novel done as a prose poem. On the other hand, it seemed to be rather longer than it needed to be (though it can be easily read at one sitting), and for all its surreality, it was rather predictable.
Charon07 | 13 outras críticas | Jul 16, 2021 |
National Book finalist? Really? I've only recently noticed the presence of the National Book Award, and when I checked out the website, I realize I've read a few of the finalists and winners...and have really enjoyed them. I don't know what to make of this one.

I chose this book after reading Bynum's short story in Tin House's "Fantastic Women" issue. Plus it's, in part, about carnies, and really, who doesn't like stories about carnies? The style is creative--sort of "chapters" on just about every page--which should have equalled a quicker read, but I was surprised to find myself trudging along. It took some time to get used to the changing perspectives, and the characters never seemed fleshed out enough. I'm thinking this is possibly due to those short "chapters" along with some really annoying structural quirks (which it appears were entirely intentional). Like incomplete sentences. And, commas, in weird places. Normally I put a book down that bugs me this much, but I kept reading for the next oddity (of which there were many) and hoping for some revelation at the end. My hopes were left unfulfilled.

I need a little more realism now.
… (mais)
LibroLindsay | 13 outras críticas | Jun 18, 2021 |
This book wasn't at all what I had expected after reading some early reviews.
resoundingjoy | 13 outras críticas | Jan 1, 2021 |



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