Apr 8, 2014 8:30 AM
In Karen Russell's new novella ($4), an insomnia epidemic has swept across America, and the fatal disease can only be remedied by the donation of sleep from healthy eight-hour-a-night citizens. It's a premise that borrows both from two classics - Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and José Saramago's Blindness - but it is entirely Russell's own story, woven in the unique and assured prose that served her so well in Swamplandia! and her other two books of short stories. There's one downside to this release, but only if you haven't jumped on the e-reader train yet: it's only available as a digital book, from new publisher Atavist Books.
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