Sleep Donation: A Novella

Atavist Incorporated, 25 . 2014 . - 110 .

From the author of theNew York TimesbestsellerSwamplandia!, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, an imaginative and haunting novella about an insomnia epidemic set in the near future.

A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trishs faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by Baby A, the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious Donor Y.

Sleep Donationexplores a world facing the end of sleep as we know it, where Night Worlds offer black market remedies to the desperate and sleep deprived, and where even the act of making a gift is not as simple as it appears.

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LibraryThing Review

  - TheAmpersand - LibraryThing

As other reviewers have noted, "Sleep Donation" isn't really a complete story: the author cuts it off rather awkwardly just as the story takes another turn. Even so, it's absolutely amazing how much ...

LibraryThing Review

  - ajarn7086 - LibraryThing

This is advertised as a novella. Amazon suggested a reading time is just over an hour. I am a fast reader and it took me two hours. The wonderfully complex vocabulary and sentence structures were a ...


Karen Russell is the author ofSwamplandia!, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and two collections of short stories,Vampires in the Lemon Grove, aNew York Timesbestseller, andSt. Lucys Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. She is the recipient of a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, and she was named one ofThe New Yorkers 20 Under 40, The National Book Foundations 5 Under 35, andGrantas Best of Young American Novelists. She lives in New York City.