The Sleeping World (Hardcover)

A Novel

By Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes

Atria Books, 9781501131677, 304pp.

Publication Date: September 13, 2016

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Description

“A searing, beautifully written novel that captures the exhilaration and dangers of 1970s post-Franco Spain. Mosca, a bitterly jaded young woman, goes on a harrowing search for her missing brother—and the history that destroyed their lives. Violent, heartbreaking, unforgettable, The Sleeping World is a stunning debut” (Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban).

Spain, 1977. Military rule is over. Bootleg punk music oozes out of illegal basement bars, uprisings spread across towns, fascists fight anarchists for political control, and students perform protest art in the city center, rioting against the old government, the undecided new order, against the universities, against themselves…

Mosca is an intelligent, disillusioned university student, whose younger brother is among the “disappeared,” taken by the police two years ago, now presumed dead. Spurred by the turmoil around them, Mosca and her friends commit an act that carries their rebellion too far and sends them spiraling out of their provincial hometown. But the further they go, the more Mosca believes her brother is alive and the more she is willing to do to find him.

The Sleeping World is a beautiful, daring novel about youth, freedom, and doing whatever it takes to keep a family together, in a nation whose dead walk the streets and whose wars never end.


About the Author

Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes holds a BA from Brown University, an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Georgia. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the Blue Mountain Center and a scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She has lived in Spain and France and grew up in Wisconsin.


Praise For The Sleeping World: A Novel

"A searing, beautifully written novel that captures the exhilaration and dangers of 1970s post-Franco Spain. Mosca, a bitterly jaded young woman, goes on a harrowing search for her missing brother—and the history that destroyed their lives. Violent, heartbreaking, unforgettable, The Sleeping World is a stunning debut."
— Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban

In The Sleeping World, Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes succeeds in capturing Spain's liminal period between dictatorship and democracy on an intimate, deeply personal level. The fever dream of Mosca's story, however, reaches beyond Spain's borders to confront universal questions of love and loss amidst the violent current of history. This is a novel that will stay with me.” 
 
— Gabriel Urza, author of All that Followed

"A politically conscious adventure story in which Fuentes manages to strike a powerful balance between vivid characterization and ideological critique, capturing a generation for whom David Bowie and the Ramones were not merely pop icons but heroes.”

"Restless, deeply imagined, and exhilarating, The Sleeping World is a lyrical novel about searching and loss and the essential urgency to live. Fuentes vividly evokes the yearning, churning rage of these students in tumultuous post-Franco Spain. A gorgeous and powerful debut."
— Kirstin Valdez Quade, author of Night at the Fiestas

"Full of ferocity, full of desire, full of sadness, full of love, The Sleeping World by Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes is a marvelous novel. Fuentes goes all in here and the resilient people and damaged world of post-Franco Spain are conjured with bracing warmth and terrifying vividness...I was sweating when I put this novel down. That happens all too rarely."
— Laird Hunt, author of Ray of the Star and Neverhome

"Fuentes’ ambitious novel does succeed at creating a bleak and disturbing picture of post-Franco Spain"

"An adventure rife with emotion and sacrifice."

"A stunning debut . . . beautifully written."

"A bracing debut."

"[An] astonishing and haunting debut."