Sleep Toward Heaven: A Novel

Paperback | February 17, 2004

byAmanda Eyre Ward

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Amanda Eyre Ward's debut novel is an intimate portrait of three women whose lives collide during a brutal Texas summer.

In Gatestown, Texas, twenty-nine-year-old Karen Lowens awaits her execution with a host of convicted serial killers on death row. In Manhattan, Dr. Franny Wren, also twenty-nine, tends to a young cancer patient, and resists the urge to run from her fiancé and her carefully crafted life. In Austin, Texas, brassy Celia Mills, a once-vibrant librarian, mourns her murdered husband.

Over the course of the summer, fate pushes these eerily recognizable women together, culminating in a revelation of the possibility of faith, the responsibility of friendship, and the value of life. Sleep Toward Heaven is a luminous story of murder and desire, solitude and grace -- a rare literary page-turner where redemption seems perpetually within arm's reach.

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Amanda Eyre Ward's debut novel is an intimate portrait of three women whose lives collide during a brutal Texas summer.In Gatestown, Texas, twenty-nine-year-old Karen Lowens awaits her execution with a host of convicted serial killers on death row. In Manhattan, Dr. Franny Wren, also twenty-nine, tends to a young cancer patient, and re...

Amanda Eyre Ward was born in New York City and graduated from Williams College and the University of Montana. Her short stories have been published in Story Quarterly, Mississippi Review, New Delta Review, Salon.com, and Austin Chronicle. Ward is a regular contributor to the Austin Chronicle. This is her first novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:February 17, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060582294

ISBN - 13:9780060582296

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll get no sleep, you have to keep reading. This is one of my favourite books of 2004. Beautifully written and skillfully woven into a modern masterpiece. Its hard to believe this is a debut novel. The book features three lead characters. A doctor, a woman on death row and a woman who's husband has been murdered. These woman don't know each other but throughout the book their paths cross and they enter into each other lives. If you only buy one book this year it should be this one.
Date published: 2005-01-02

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“The grace with which Ward writes... comples the reader to turn every page....”