Sleepwalking In Daylight (Hardcover)

By Elizabeth Flock

Mira, 9780778325130, 368pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2009

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“Elizabeth Flock has written a novel with engrossing and compelling characters: a mother who seems to have it all, but who finds only emptiness; a daughter who cries for help from the depths of her depression and isolation -- both part of a family spinning out of control. Sleepwalking in Daylight explores both disturbing human truths that lead to tragedy as well as the will to survive.”
— Peter Marsh, Briggs Carriage Bookstore, Brandon, VT
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March 2009 Indie Next List

“Elizabeth Flock has written a novel with engrossing and compelling characters: a mother who seems to have it all, but who finds only emptiness; a daughter who cries for help from the depths of her depression and isolation -- both part of a family spinning out of control. Sleepwalking in Daylight explores both disturbing human truths that lead to tragedy and the will to survive.”
— Peter Marsh, Briggs Carriage Bookstore, Brandon, VT
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Description

Once defined by her career and independence, stay-at-home mom Samantha Friedman finds that her days have been reduced to errands, car pools and suburban gossip. What was an easy decision for Sam years ago has become a nagging awareness that this life was her choice. Now she deals with a husband who shows up for dinner but is too preoccupied for conversation, and a daughter swathed in black clothing and Goth makeup who won't talk at all.

Believing she's an adopted mistake, seventeen-year-old Cammy has fallen into sex and drugs and pours herself into a journal filled with poetry and pain. On parallel paths, mother and daughter indulge in desperate, furtive escapism—for Sam, a heady affair with her supposed soul mate, fueled by clandestine coffee dates and the desire to feel something; for Cammy, a secretive search for her birth mother punctuated by pills, pot and the need to feel absolutely nothing.

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