96. January 2021 book nomination — Sleep Donation
Karen Russell’s Sleep Donation is another short book, coming in at only 160 pages for the Barnes & Noble paperback, but my attention was grabbed by some of its reviews, which mention things we all have said we like about other books. One review describes the novella as, in part, “a kind of meditation upon the transmission of stories and dreams“ that “creates a fully imagined world with its own rituals and rules” (https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/books/karen-russells-sleep-donation.html).
Another describes the “lush sentences and speculative wit ... the pleasure of Russell’s language, which is acrid, luminous, and deft, and for the way she confuses the ordinary and the marvelous” (https://slate.com/culture/2014/03/karen-russells-online-novella-sleep-donation-reviewed.html).
It’s available in both e-format and paperback in the UK and the USA.
It is a science fiction story about donating sleep to insomniacs, but the plot isn’t why I’m nominating it.