Sleep with Me by Joanna Briscoe

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"The day our child was conceived, someone else arrived. She was there as the cells fused, like a ghost." In a moment of giggling chaos, Richard and Lelia sleep together while getting dressed for a holiday party. Arriving late and still flushed, they barely register a slight, drab woman who, like a shadow, threatens the happiness they've achieved. Their reality slowly shifts: Mysterious fragments of a story about a troubled child appear on Richard's email. A friend confides his adulterous affair, and Richard voyeuristically hangs on every detail. Richard grows more ambivalent about the approaching birth of his child; he becomes distracted and remote, and Lelia suspects another woman. In her loneliness and longing Lelia makes a surprising decision that nearly destroys the life that she and Richard have worked so hard to create. Told with astonishing clarity from both Richard and Lelia's points of view, Sleep with Me is an extraordinary tale of obsession and desire that takes hold, body and soul, and doesn't let go until the final page is turned.
Joanna Briscoe has written two novels: Mothers and Other Lovers, which won the Betty Trask Award, and Skin. She lives in London.
Praise for Joanna Briscoe: "A formidably talented writer. Her prose is polished, sophisticated, and seductive."-Independent

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Joanna Briscoe is the author of Mothers and Other Lovers, winner of the Betty Trask Award; Skin; and Sleep with Me, her widely praised US debut. Sleep with Me was published in eleven countries and adapted for British television by screenwriter Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones's Diary, BBC's Pride and Prejudice). Briscoe lives with her family in London, where she has written for all the major newspapers and magazines, and has been a columnist for the Guardian and the Independent. She is currently a literary critic for the Guardian.
Published December 1, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 324 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The smart, suspenseful U.S. debut of Brit Briscoe (Skin ; Mothers and Other Lovers ) begins between the sheets as 30-somethings

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Richard is beguiled by her and as Lelia's pregnancy progresses, Richard's ambivalence towards her and their child causes Lelia to descend into a spiral of pain and torment from her past.

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