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“are you sleeping?” a series of 9 short works on sleep in the august 2013 issue of harper’s magazine

restlessness by heidi julavits & motherhood by sarah manguso seem most relevant here, however i enjoyed them all. i also loved insomnia by rebecca solnit.

my children are now 5 and 7 – i am currently sleeping 10 to 12 hours a night – so are my kids – we have been doing so for 2 years – i truly believe i am still making up for the 5 years that i did not sleep – and the girls are simply sleeping as much as they are supposed to now – these two pieces of writing speak to the entirety of that experience – placing the years of seeking and yearning for sleep in some sort of beautifully coherent nutshell – the other 7 pieces offer a nest for this particular metaphorical nut – thank you to harpers for including the sleeplessness of mothers – it is not something anyone can prepare you for and yet camaraderie is so important – from one mother to another (fathers too), i hope you enjoy these as much as i did….xo

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