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"A subtle, enigmatic, and beautiful elegy to a husband and marriage that ends in tragedy. De Moor's book is sensual and spare, whether she's writing about love, a walk in an ice forest, or baking a cake in the middle of the night. There are layers of meaning here, which with adroit subtlety de Moor lets readers puzzle for themselves."
--Claire Fuller, author of Swimming Lessons and Bitter Orange
Compact, haunting, and lovely ... it is unhurried and assured; no word is wasted ... In both its rich and unapologetic descriptions of domesticity and frank attitude toward sex ... the book is a treatise on one individual's womanhood.
In quiet, unrushed, yet deeply penetrating prose, Dutch author de Moor portrays an unnamed woman during a single night as she recalls her deceased husband and a past shame while engaging with a new lover--all the while baking a cake, her means of coping. An extraordinary accomplishment.
--Library Journal, Best Books of 2019 List
A taut, finely wrought story that crackles with tension ... David Doherty's English rendition of de Moor's prose is nothing short of stunning ... The result is a book that is utterly captivating, brilliantly alive in every line - a quick and piercing read that will stay with you for a long time to come.
--The Riveter: European Literature Network
Poignant ... delivers insightful ruminations on marriage, love, love lost, and the unsolved mysteries lurking underneath the surface of everyday lives ... Sleepless Night is a meditative novel where the seemingly mundane reveals itself to be the harbinger of profound insights.
De Moor's novel is encased in calm, its surfaces appearing to be safe--until they suddenly crack open like thin ice beneath our feet. A beautiful, mysterious and shocking book.
--Nancy Kline, author of The Faithful and Lightning: The Poetry of René Char
This sort of small (but abyss-deep) tale depends very much on the telling, and de Moor does a very fine job ... Sleepless Night is both melancholy and hopeful (but nowhere near cloyingly so), and doesn't force too many answers; love and loss remain mysteries--but ultimately quite satisfyingly so.
Sleepless Night is told through a successful framing device: our nameless protagonist often finds herself troubled into restless insomnia and so, when this occurs, she pops into the kitchen and spends the rest of the dark night baking ... What this affecting story leaves us with, upon its closure, is the nervous unease that life doesn't care about us.
--Books and Bao
The charm of Margriet de Moor's book is due to a combination of sensuality and reflection, as well as a musical language of great beauty that explores the meanderings of the human soul with rare clarity.
"Fluid and musical ... this hypnotic portrayal of an amorous and sensual resurrection gracefully tells of regret over failed encounters and the fragile hope of new beginnings."
"Carefully narrated, cleverly constructed and fascinating in its psychological finesse."
Praise for Margriet de Moor's other work:
"An astute sense of musical form as a way of organizing narrative, and a wonderful sense of passion ... There is life and love and hurt on every page."
--The New York Times
"It's hard to resist using the word 'symphonic' to describe this exquisitely composed, piercingly moving story. De Moor continues to scale increasingly impressive heights."