The debut novel from New York TimesÂ–bestselling author Meg Wolitzer, a story of three college studentsâ€™ shared fascination with poetry and death, and how one of them must face difficult truths in order to leave her obsession behind. Published when she was only twenty-three and written while she was a student at Brown, Sleepwalking marks the beginning of Meg Wolitzerâ€™s acclaimed career.Â Filled with her usual wisdom, compassion and insight, Sleepwalking tells the story of the three notorious Â“death girls,â€ť so called on the Swarthmore campus because they dress in black and are each absorbed in the work and suicide of a different poet: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Wolitzerâ€™s creation Lucy Asher, a gifted writer who drowned herself at twenty-four.Â At night the death girls gather in a candlelit room to read their heroinesâ€™ work aloud. But an affair with Julian, an upperclassman, pushes sensitive , struggling Claire DanzigerÂ—she of the Lucy Asher obsession-Â–to consider to what degree her Â“death girlâ€ť identity is really who she is.Â As she grapples with her feelings for Julian, her own understanding of herself and her past begins to shift uncomfortably and even disturbingly. Finally, Claire takes drastic measures to confront the facts about herself that she has been avoiding for years.
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