Sleeping Funny by Miranda Hill

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...Sleeping Funny is, overall, an accomplished collection of tender, witty writing.
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Sleeping Funny is that rare book--a debut that introduces us to a fully mature writer, one who instantly draws you in with her lean style, empathy and wit, and keeps you reading, with growing admiration and delight, from first page to last. These stories showcase Miranda Hill's astonishing range and virtuosity, introducing us to a protean variety of characters, each as well-realized as the next. Here is a writer who can seamlessly inhabit the consciousness of a sixteen-year-old navigating an embarrassing sex-ed class, a middle-aged minister experiencing a devastating crisis of faith in a 19th century rural village, a pilot's widow coping with her grief by growing an unusual "victory garden" during World War II, and well-heeled modern professional women juggling jobs, kids, and husbands, and trying to cope with the arrival of a beautiful bohemian neighbour, on a gentrified street in downtown Toronto.

The qualities that unite these remarkable stories are a pervasive sense of mystery and magic, a wonderful wit and sophistication, and most surprisingly, the slight disorientation implied by the title: In Miranda Hill's beguiling universe, the "real world" is recognizable and slightly askew, as if you were experiencing one of those strange dreams where you think you are awake--or as if you've been "sleeping funny" and are on the cusp of waking into the everyday world you thought you knew.
 

About Miranda Hill

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MIRANDA HILL's writing has been published by The New Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review and The Fiddlehead. She received her BA in drama from Queen's University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Hill has worked in television and as a freelance writer and communications consultant. She is the founder and executive director of Project Bookmark Canada. She lives in Hamilton with her husband Lawrence Hill. Sleeping Funny is her first book of fiction.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Doubleday Canada. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jennifer Hunter on Nov 28 2012

Miranda Hill’s Sleeping Funny is a divine comedy in short stories.

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Reviewed by Jc Sutcliffe on Sep 21 2012

...Sleeping Funny is, overall, an accomplished collection of tender, witty writing.

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Reviewed by Jc Sutcliffe on Sep 21 2012

My measure of a successful story is one that buries into my brain, heart or guts — preferably all three — and stays there for some time, occasionally being taken out, held up to the light and marvelled at. Although not all of the stories are quite at that level, Sleeping Funny is, overall, an accomplished collection of tender, witty writing.

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