The sleepwalker's guide to dancing [electronic resource] : a novel
Spanning India in the 1970s to New Mexico in the '80s to Seattle in the '90s, Mira Jacob's The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is a winning, irreverent debut novel about a family wrestling with its future and its past. Advance praise for The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "What a thrill to discover Mira Jacobs, 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 "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!