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Inspired Sleepby Robert Cohen
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These days, Bonnie Saks is lucky to gets four consecutive hours of shut-eye, what with her bed-wetting young son, her unfinished doctoral thesis, her meager teaching salary, and the fact that shes pregnant by a lover about as reliable as her ex-husband.
Meanwhile, Ian Ogelvie, an ambitious young research scientist, is setting up a study of a promising new sleep aid. Their chance encounter forms the backdrop for this richly exuberant portrait of contemporary America, encompassing everything from the slippery evasions of love to the intricate network that binds together the pharmaceutical industry, managed care, and a shadow population of lost, sleepless souls. At once entertaining and philosophic, Inspired Sleep heralds a major voice in American fiction.
Can an enhanced dream state save the day for a sleep-deprived single mother? The award-winning author of "The Organ Builder" and "The Here and Now" presents a highly entertaining and provocative work of fiction about an insomniac and the sleep researcher who tries to help her.
Award-winning author of the acclaimed novels The Organ Builder and The Here and Now, Robert Cohen presents a wildly entertaining work of fiction that is also a provocative indictment of our over-medicated society.
Ian Ogelvie and Bonnie Saks are drawn together by an experimental drug–he as researcher, she as test subject. Bonnie is lucky if she gets four consecutive hours of shut-eye, what with her responsibilities as a single mother of two (soon to be three) and a frustrated academic. When she joins Ian’s test group, the question remains whether enhanced REM sleep will save the day. Endearing and intelligent, Inspired Sleep shows Cohen to be both a hugely talented novelist and a shrewd cultural critic.
About the Author
Robert Cohen has received a Whiting Writers Award, the Pushcart Prize, and other awards. His writing has appeared in Harpers, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, GQ, and other publications. He lives in Middlebury, Vermont.
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