Sleeping Through War
It is May 1968. Students are rioting, civil rights are being fought and died for, nuclear bombs are being tested, and war is raging in Vietnam. For three ordinary women in Lisbon, London and Washington life must go on as usual. For them, just to survive is an act of courage. How much has really changed in 50 years?
Sleeping Through War is a relatively short novel at 200 or so pages but I found it a wonderful and all encapsulating novel with tremendous characterisation and fantastic historical research. I really enjoyed it.
The reader is treated to the story of three women and their lives. Sleeping Through War is set in 1968, the world is a very tumultuous place. Wars, riots and nuclear testing are blotting the landscapes of countries across the world.
Despite the fact that the three main female characters in our story live in different countries, there are similarities between all of them. We have Amalia, Rose and Mrs Johnson. The author has given these ladies distinct voices and their stories shine out across the continents and the pages of this wonderful story.
As a reader I was able to look on in wonder at the strength of these women. During difficult times they showed great strength and resilience and an attitude of carrying on regardless. A great sense of time and place is shown throughout this novel and I was was deeply touched by the wonderful narrative and the unwinding stories of the characters lives.
The author has managed to write a deeply emotive and moving story of a time that still resonates today, I enjoyed the powerful and descriptive writing very much indeed.
About the Author:
Jackie Carreira is a writer, musician, designer, co-founder of QuirkHouse Theatre Company, and award-winning playwright. She mostly grew up and went to school in Hackney, East London, but spent part of her early childhood with grandparents in Lisbon's Old Quarter. Her colourful early life has greatly influenced this novel. Jackie now lives in leafy Suffolk with her actor husband, AJ Deane, two cats and too many books.
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