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The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing Hardcover – 3 Jul 2014

4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; First Edition edition (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408841142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408841143
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,493,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Punchy, clever and stuffed with delicious chapatis, Mira Jacob's first novel jumps effortlessly from India to the States, creating a vibrant portrait of a world in flux (Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story)

In this beautifully observed, generous debut that reaches right into the heart of family and belonging, Mira Jacob shows how grief and loss can illuminate everything (Claire King, author of The Night Rainbow)

The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing seizes the reader early and never lets go. Its electricities reside in Mira Jacob's acute details and the sadness, anger and humor of her characters. This novel tells many wonderful stories while also telling, beautifully, the story that counts the most (Sam Lipsyte, author of The Fun Parts and Home Land)

Mira Jacob has written an utterly dazzling, epic debut. The story of an Indian-American family is at once completely relatable and totally fresh. A beautifully timed novel, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is intricately woven and sparklingly played out, and it triumphs. I did not want this breathtaking book to end (Julie Klam, author of Friendkeeping)

What a thrill to discover Mira Jacob, a warm, witty new voice in American fiction. The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is both rich and wise. I savored every page (Amanda Eyre Ward, author of How to Be Lost)

I read this in one sitting. I couldn't have stopped, wouldn't even have noticed if my house had caught fire. Mira Jacob is a born storyteller and a fantastic writer. The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is a truly great book (Abigail Thomas, author of A Three Dog Life)

This is an effortlessly gorgeous and rich book. Its prose is lovely and precise, alternately luminous and direct; its observations of people and families and the physical world are poignant and a delight. The dialogue is sharp, funny, and true. This is a triumphant debut! (Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!)

The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is a time-traveling multigenerational saga that still remains intimate in its feel and central focus. For all of its witty and loving attention to the power of familial bonds, it is most eloquent on the subject of a grief so profound that its everyday weight pulls the grievers closer to the dead than to the living. And yet the overall effect, miraculously, is celebratory (Jim Shepard, author of You Think That’s Bad and Like You’d Understand Anyway)

Jacob's darkly comic debut is grounded in the specifics of the middle-class Indian immigrant experience while uncovering the universality of family dysfunction and endurance . [Written] with naked honesty about the uneasy generational divide among Indians in America and about family in all its permutations (Kirkus (starred review))

I was hooked from page one! (Company Magazine)

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The story of a family, divided across generations and cultures, wrestling with its future and its past, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is at once magical, mouth-watering and heartbreaking

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