The Sleep Gardenby Jim Krusoe

The Sleep Garden
by Jim Krusoe

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In an underground apartment building called “the Burrow”—essentially purgatory—“twilight souls” inhabit the space between life and death.  Through their stories, and the ways in which their lives, past and present, intertwine, Jim Krusoe creates a poignant tale about what constitutes a life, what remains when we die, and what we possibly
carry with us into the next world.

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In an underground apartment building called “the Burrow”—essentially purgatory—“twilight souls” inhabit the space between life and death.  Through their stories, and the ways in which their lives, past and present, intertwine, Jim Krusoe creates a poignant tale about what constitutes a life, what remains when we die, and what we possibly
carry with us into the next world.

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Author Bio

Jim Krusoe is the author of the novels Parsifal, Toward You, Erased, Girl Factory, and Iceland; two collections of stories; and five books of poetry. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund. He teaches at Santa Monica College and lives in Los Angeles.

Reviews

“The Sleep Garden is the wry, warped purgatory as Möbius Strip. You follow along the rolling, open road and suddenly you’re upside down and backwards, staring at your own nether end. Sisyphean and webbed by permutations, the narrative ends just as the characters take charge of their lives. It’s a brilliant, and poignant, rendering of white light.” —Laura Glen Louis, author of Talking in the Dark


Praise for Jim Krusoe:

“Krusoe’s sure and subtle imaginings of such characters—yearning, isolated and finally enigmatic—place him among the foremost creators of surreal Americana.”
New York Times Book Review

“Jim Krusoe is the mad scientist, the man behind the curtain . . . Krusoe does something magical with regular words and regular life. His adjectives glow with possibility. . . like an alien presence with a new language that sounds enough like our own to make us strain to uncover its meaning.”
Los Angeles Times


“Parsifal’s entire quest might have nothing to do with his cup and everything to do with the lost nuclear associated with it. This is pretty banal stuff, I know, but it’s also pretty deep stuff, and Krusoe is sufficiently artful at scrambling his oppositions and his timeline that the experience of reading Parsifal is the opposite of banal.”–The Rumpus


“…dreamlike, at times even poetic, meditations on good, evil, blindness, and sight.” Daily Beast, Hot Reads

 

 “The words of Paul Verlaine — ‘What is this sadness that creeps into my heart?’ — recur throughout the novel, and Krusoe replays them in jazz-like variations that accrue meaning and emotion until we come to see Parsifal as a tragic clown, a lonely fool without a heart, an emblem of the emptiness of a life lived, or a quest undertaken, without love.”—Oregonian


 “Krusoe’s latest is a self-reflective coming-of-age story wrapped in a fable and sprinkled with wry observationsParsifal becomes a piquant commentary on tensions between nostalgia and reality, the past and the present, and humanity’s need for myths.” —Publishers Weekly


 “Set against an absurd backdrop of planetary warfare, in which myriad objects (car parts, paperclips, appliances) tumble from the clouds, and the earth shoots ash and smoke skyward, Parsifal’s story arrives in snapshots and snippets, short clips and punch lines. Krusoe’s swift prose blends references to epic poetry with contemporary fiction techniques, a hybrid of lyrical refrain (à la Carole Maso’s Ava,  1993) and agile irony (dramatic, situational, cosmic) into a quirky, twenty-first-century take on themes of reclamation and identity.” —Booklist

Page Count

164

Display Direct Price

12.75

Display List Price

15.95

Release Date

2015-01-01 00:00:00

ISBN

978-1-941040-18-8

Author Phrase

Jim Krusoe

Blurb

“The Sleep Garden is the wry, warped purgatory as Möbius Strip. You follow along the rolling, open road and suddenly you’re upside down and backwards, staring at your own nether end. Sisyphean and webbed by permutations, the narrative ends just as the characters take charge of their lives. It’s a brilliant, and poignant, rendering of white light.” —Laura Glen Louis, author of Talking in the Dark