Kentucky race tracks, 52nd-Street jazz clubs in the 1940s, Billie Holiday in Harlem, summers in Maine and winters in Manhattan- such is the terrain of this lyrical and powerful novel about the past and present, about the life of the streets, about love, and the inner life of an American woman.
Elizabeth Hardwick (born 1916) has been a frequent contributor to The Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and The New York Review of Books, which she helped found in 1963. Her books include the novels The Simple Truth, The Ghostly Lover, and Sleepless Nights, the essay collection A View of My Own, and The Selected Letters of William James, for which she acted as editor.
"[T]he literary equivalent of polished onyx."--James Clarke, The Guardian
"Brilliantly poised and confidently daring, Sleepless
Nights is a chin-up tightrope walk along the borderline between
fiction and autobiography . . . it is graceful, laconic, and wise."
--Newsweek "This original novel does everything for lost
times that an irreplaceable family photograph album does--except
that here, the words are worth a thousand pictures." --Philip Roth
"An extraordinary and haunting book." --Joan Didion, The New
York Times Book Review
"Sleepless Nights--a novel of mental weather--enchants by the scrupulousness and zip of the narrative voice, its lithe, semi-staccato descriptions and epigrammatic dash." --Susan Sontag, The New Yorker