Saturday, 22 September 2012

Armchair Book Review: Sleeping Funny

Sleeping Funny
by Miranda Hill
Hardcover, 320 pages

Sleeping Funny is a collection of nine short stories by The Writers’ Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize winner Miranda Hill

Hill's unique and dreamlike voice illustrates the ripple effect of events and/or persons introduced into an otherwise orderly life. 

She has a wonderful way of bringing us into the stories from the edges, slowly folding us in like delicate egg whites into batter.  Her stories are entrancing and magical, sad and joyous, and leave you thinking and feeling for quite some time after reading them. I suggest reading only one in a day, then taking the time to savour it before you immerse yourself in the next one.

The Jury Citation of the 2011 Journey Prize was that Miranda Hill offered
…writing of the highest order, packed with insight, empathy and suspense.
And they were right.