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Amanda Eyre Ward stormed onto the literary scene with this resounding first novel that commanded immediate acclaim. In Sleep Toward Heaven, Karen sinks inside herself as she awaits execution for murder. Karen’s prison doctor, Franny, is drowning in her own guilt over the death of a patient, and Celia, the widow of one of Karen’s victims, tries desperately to move on with her life.

©2003 Amanda Eyre Ward (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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“[Ward’s] spare but psychologically rich portraits are utterly convincing.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Sleep did not come fast enough

With a the amazing reviews I was ready to weep feel and for these death row inmates and for the victims. There were no revelations or moments of forgiveness, My book club read this and we all had the same reaction. There are better books out there.