Author(s): Rikki Ducornet
"My sleep began in the spring of 1914. I slept through both World Wars and the tainted calm between. It was as if I had been cursed by an evil fairy, pricked by an enchanted spinning wheel; an impenetrable briar had gripped my mind." Thus begins Rikki Ducornet's brilliant lyric novel about Nicolas who, as a result of witnessing his mother's murder, falls into a decades-long coma. Awakened in a seaport town in France, he reconstructs his past through storytelling and myth, resulting in an astonishing exploration of memory and imagination.
Rikki Ducornet is the author of eight novels, three short story collections, a book of essays, and five books of poetry. He has twice been honored by the Lannan Foundation and has received the Bard College Arts and Letters Award and an Academy Award in Literature.