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Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2003-09-26)
ISBN-10/ISBN-13: 193236000X / 9781932360004
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 1492288
A 2004 Vacation Reading (selected by The New York Times)
“Sharpe's second novel rotates the point of view among the members of the Schwartz family of suburban Connecticut; of these, our primary guide is Chris, a bitterly intelligent boy rolling bored through high school. He contains the family's emotion by simple commentary: ‘Anyone who didn't embrace irony was a fool, because whether you embrace irony or not, sooner or later irony embraces you.’”
A divorced dad of two teenagers inadvertently combines two incompatible antidepressant medications, goes into a coma, has a stroke, and emerges with brain damage. His teenage son and daughter, Chris and Cathy, inherit some money and decide to rehabilitate their father on their own. The Sleeping Father is about the shift in the way Americans think about mental health from regarding personality as being shaped by one’s upbringing to its being shaped by the bloodstream’s hormone levels. In focusing on one family in crisis, Sharpe addresses the larger crisis in faith and authority in contemporary American life. Ultimately, this is a weird but wonderful story about two children who, not having an adequate father, decide to make one.
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