Book Review: The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing

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The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing

by Mira Jacob

(9780812994780)

I was torn from reality the moment I opened my advanced reader’s copy. Every preconception and previous memory of Indian American immigrant stories was tossed to the wind. Instead I was engrossed by the book’s freshness, raw honesty and deeply compelling characters.

The Sleepwalker’s Guide is a book about loss. The book was more true to life than anything I’ve ever read- absolutely devastating and yet it continues and still there can be moments of cheer, surprise and beauty. I reread the least two chapters several times, unwilling to let the characters rest and fade to memory. Do not miss this debut work from Mira Jacob.