Fall Asleep Forgetting by Georgeann Packard

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An elegant man, restaurant owner and poet, designs his end-of-life drama to be performed on a beach in early September. He fails to include, however, the intensity of hiswife's sexual nature, an unlikely third party, and the forces of human nature that rip through this small community of misfits living on Long Island's eastern tip.
Whether black or white, gay or straight, young or old, liberal or conservative - all struggle with humor and heart to survive this summer of 2001. Some are plagued by overindulgence in lavish foods or religious zeal or sexual desire. Their lives collide in surprising ways and each, at some point, is provided an opportunity to act heroically.
These are individuals to be remembered, maybe treasured, or possibly, even forgiven.
In the end, you may want to revisit your own definitions of love, religion,and sexual identity . . . maybe even consider the way that a death might become a form of group salvation.
 

About Georgeann Packard

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GEORGEANN PACKARD is a photographer and landscape designer who lives on Long Islands North Fork, a peninsula that juts eastward toward the Atlantic, with Manhattan some eighty miles to the west. Fall Asleep Forgetting is her first novel.
 
Published July 1, 2010 by Permanent Press. 255 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She finds herself attracted to Paul and his enigmatic, nearly mute wife, and the two women embark on a bizarre, resolutely nonverbal affair in which Paul acts less as a voyeur than as a supervisor or cheerleader.

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“Could this day be even one shade bleaker?”As the train moves on in its journey, so does our story, bringing us to a trailer park on Long Island Sound named Cherry Grove—a trailer park whose inhabitants we are never likely to forget.

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This is also a novel about obsessions and excesses - sexual, emotional, physical, and culinary - and about the consequences of those excesses.

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