a novel, HarperCollins/HarperPerennial
Background is important. Things happen in the country that would never happen in the city. Things happen to people in strange places that would not happen to them at home. It isn’t true that people who cross the sea change their skies but not their natures. We are different, depending on where we are. What kind of room we are in can be critical. Even how it is furnished. And the view. And the light. Landscape matters. A lot can depend on the season, the weather, the time of day. (“How much a small moon can do.”) People do not want to believe this. It is like not wanting to believe, as Einstein said he could not, that God plays dice with the universe.—Prologue, Naked Sleeper
A novel about the inescapable and sometimes unendurable complexities of love and the family drama. The story of a woman’s search for self-knowledge, for understanding of others, and for an answer to the imperative question: How should she live?
"With her well-pitched prose and eye for telling contemporary details, Ms. Nunez transforms Naked Sleeper into a story that abounds in vivid moments and moods." — New York Times Book Review
"An enlightening literary adventure." — People
"Fine….Nunez limns Nona’s search for self with some impressively elegant writing, which gives this book its true appeal." —Time