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Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick
New York Review of Books 2001

In this book a woman looks back on her life and decides to transform memory into fiction. The author assembles a scrapbook of memories, reflections, portraits, letters, wishes and dreams to create a novel that borders between fiction and autobiography. She remembers episodes from her childhood in West Virginia, bohemian years living in a hotel in New York, and then into the years spent in America and Europe with her husband. These splinters of memory, confessions of an insomniac, are recalled in words lovingly and precisely chosen.
Elizabeth Hardwick was born in Kentucky.

 
Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick
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