The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob

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"[An] enormously bountiful debut" is how Publisher's Weekly described Mira Jacob's multigenerational novel about an Indian-American family wrestling on two continents with its past and its future. The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing justifies that praise with its finely etched portrayals of the Eapens: brain surgeon Thomas; his strong-willed wife Kamala; and their photographer daughter Amina. Ranging from India in the seventies to New Mexico in the eighties to Seattle in the novels, the fiction sustains its focus even as it captures the pushes-and-tugs and internal crises of three very different people.


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Published June 9, 2015 by Random House Trade Paperbacks. 528 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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at times, she seems to be indulging herself with a fine-sounding turn of phrase, a simile or metaphor that doesn't quite fit.In the end, however, everything works out fine – Amina finds true love and might even bond better with her mother by staying back in Albuquerque, and Thomas dies in peace t...

Aug 10 2014 | Read Full Review of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Da...

While the elements of the grieving family are familiar enough on paper --- an overbearing mother, a more reticent father, a daughter who is dutiful to the point of self-sabotage --- there is sufficient nuance in Jacob’s handling for her to forge these characters as uniquely her own.

Jul 25 2014 | Read Full Review of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Da...

Amina Eapen, Dimple’s cousin and the book’s protagonist, has been living her professional life in Seattle, off stage from the drama of her family.

Aug 16 2014 | Read Full Review of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Da...