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by Magdalena Ball

Free eBook Sleep Before Evening download ISBN: 1904492967
Author: Magdalena Ball
Publisher: Bewrite Books (July 24, 2007)
Language: English
Pages: 296
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: Womens Fiction
Size MP3: 1362 mb
Size FLAC: 1192 mb
Rating: 4.4
Format: lrf mbr lit mobi

Magdalena Ball has the rare ability to chronicle sad or harrowing events without producing a grim, depressing or bleak novel.

Magdalena Ball has the rare ability to chronicle sad or harrowing events without producing a grim, depressing or bleak novel. However, there are some stylistic hiccups and even, on occasion, outright mistakes (eg, "It had just starting raining", p116), and three places where scene breaks were missing. This last jolted me out of the spell created by this compelling novel and was momentarily confusing. This book needs a little more attention to technical details, including improved proofreading.

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Sleep Before Evening was a finalist in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and was a 3 year running winner of the MyShelf Noble Prize.

Sleep Before Evening is music. Magdalena Ball weaves the sounds of poetry with an important story, compassionately sung. Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This is the Place, and Tracings. The writing is exquisite, without ever calling attention to itself, which is a real feat. Distributors: Bertram Books, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, Ingrams.

dp/1904492967/ref pd bbs sr 1?ie UTF8&s books&qid 1185672347&sr 8-1. Sleep Before Evening is Magdalena Ball's debut novel. It is a beautifully crafted piece dealing with rejection and betrayal.

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com) She is the author of several novels (Black Cow, Sleep Before Evening), poetry books and chapbooks (Repulsion Thrust, Quark Soup, Sublime Planet)

com) She is the author of several novels (Black Cow, Sleep Before Evening), poetry books and chapbooks (Repulsion Thrust, Quark Soup, Sublime Planet). Find out more about Magdalena at ww. agdalenaball. The Fem. A magazine of inclusive, diverse, feminist literature.

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Marianne is teetering at the edge of reason. A death in the family sends her brilliant academic career and promising future spiraling out of control until resentment towards those who shaped her past leads her on a wild and desperate search for the truth about herself. On the seedy side of New York, she meets Miles, a hip musician busking the streets and playing low-rent venues in a muddled bid to make his own dreams come true. In her new life, she finds anarchic squalor, home grown music and poetry, booze, drugs, sex, violence, love, loss, and, above all, exhilarating freedom on her troubled journey from sleep to awakening. This gritty, relentless story unfolds with the same cool detachment that motivates the central character to peel back the layers of her life and expose the painful scalding within.
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Magdalena Ball's first novel, Sleep Before Evening, is required reading for aficionados of the school of confessional writing. While the book is empowered by its conspicuously female perspective, it somehow manages to transcend the boundaries of gender and force-feeds the reader with doses of a reality much harsher than the beatific title suggests. Ball employs the rare literary voice capable of juxtaposing harrowing experience and work-a-day home life. She accomplishes this rare feat by traversing twin avenues of approach, 1) a deceptively mundane accounting of family events and, 2) a deliberate fracturing of sensibilities unique to, well . . . a David Lynch film. This reviewer recommends that you procure yourself a copy of this minor masterpiece while it is still available as a first edition.

Harry Hughes, author of THE BAIT SHACK
A very readable and gritty book about the life struggles of Marianne, a young woman growing up in New York. While the book tells a compelling story set in 1980s new york, it also explores family dynamics and what can go terribly wrong with the best of intentions. This insightful and often painful story is definitely worth reading.
I am so excited to have found another author to fall in love with. I'm really picky with what I read, and I tend to lean toward more character-driven works, than driving plots. This is one of those kinds of books. But what I am in love with here is not only the story, it is the WAY in which it is written: with utter musical and poetic genius. A blend of story-telling and musical prose is what I want to achieve in my own writing. I guess that's why I love this book so much. It represents how I strive to be. My only hope is that my books are half as brilliant as this. If so, then I'm a happy camper. :o)

A couple of my favorite prose moments are:

Pg. 44

"Russell's skin was gunmetal grey. He held his hands over his ears while his mouth opened into an elongated O, becoming the perfect example of German Expressionism. Striated oranges and blacks flickered on the wall above his head and, for a moment, she saw the world through her mother's eyes - in lights and colors rather than sound and words."

And Pg. 50

"Flowers were strewn over the floor, bright lilies and carnations lying like war carnage, mocking their original purpose as a peace offering."

Buy this book. And relish every moment of it.
Life isn't perfect, but seventeen-year-old Marianne Cotton is blessed with a loving and devoted grandfather who carefully schools her in piano, the arts, and literature. An "A" student, Marianne basks in his attention while eclipsing memories of her deadbeat dad. Lily Cotton, Marianne's self-involved, bipolar mother, loves her daughter within her own limitations. The needy artist frequently requires tending when moods swing, forcing Marianne to table her own needs and emotions to care for her. A series of men has invaded their lives, providing a less than perfect environment for Marianne.

The brilliant young woman manages to survive until her senior year in high school, when just before finals, Eric Cotton collapses into a vegetative state. Although Marianne is convinced her grandfather is still alive inside, the decision to pull the plug is made by Lily and her current husband, Russell. Marianne interprets this act as a deep betrayal, and reels in shock when she's notified that her grandfather has been removed from life support.

Faced with spiritual solitude, Marianne starts to unravel. She falls for a handsome and charismatic street musician named Miles, who lures her into a world of sex, drugs, and smoky club blues. Marianne's pain is diminished with each fix she accepts from her new group of exotic and seemingly attractive friends. Armed with a fake ID, school recedes and her pending NYU scholarship seems unimportant. Marianne lands a job at a sleazy bar, serving drinks to overweight groping men and pushing through the motions with more mental lethargy as her craving for absolution and oblivion careens forward, driving her to a nearly lethal intravenous heroin addiction.

Magdalena Ball's writing, insightful and deep, engages the reader from page one. Her characters linger long after the story resolves to its perfect conclusion. Highly recommended for a glimpse into the motivations behind heroin abuse, as well as thoroughly alluring family drama, Sleep Before Evening is powerfully addictive in its own right.