The Sleep Garden

Jim Krusoe. Tin House (Norton, dist.), $15.95 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-1-941040-18-8
The subterranean setting of Krusoe's (Parsifal) latest is "the Burrow," a "low mound that rises out of earth." Here, residents exist somewhere between reality and daydreams, inner thoughts and action. But are their daydreams and obsessions any better or worse than those living a "real" existence? Judging from the stories from outside the Burrow, not really. The novel captures a world of paradoxes that are dark and optimistic, sad but strangely humorous. Jeffrey writes letters advocating for the use of crossbows; Heather is fascinated with the oddities of the men she dates; Madeline fantasizes about becoming a celebrity chef; Raymond delves into a world of decoy ducks; and Viktor desires money, power, and Madeline. Krusoe's spare language creates a sinister peacefulness that is both eerie and enticing. The vivid description and narrative movement from one character to the next keeps the plot intriguing, conveying a dreamlike atmosphere of wandering in and wondering at life. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/18/2016
Release date: 01/01/2016
Genre: Fiction
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