Sleeping Mask: Fictions


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Bellevue Literary Press
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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.8 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Peter LaSalle is the author of several books of fiction, including the story collections Sleeping Mask, Tell Borges If You See Him, recipient of he Flannery O'Connor Award, and What I Found Out About Her, winner of the Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he is a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Texas, and Narragansett, in his native Rhode Island.


Praise for Sleeping Mask

"Extraordinary stories which, when one begins to savor their prose, plunge one into oceanic depths of language where the mirror of the sea reflects the myth of the self in dreamy distortions that shock one as revelations of truth." --Dawn

"LaSalle's narrative voice hypnotizes, and his enticingly evasive way of concluding each story leaves a dreamlike impression. The twelve stories in Sleeping Mask are nuanced tales of enduring subjects: desire, despair, the arts, and war." --Missouri Review

"Haunting and evocative. . . . LaSalle's prose is lyrical, at times rhapsodic, and his characters memorable." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Stylistically daring. . . . An entertaining, assured sampling from an endlessly inventive writer." --Shelf Awareness for Readers

"Engaging. . . . LaSalle, a literary descendent of Borges and Nabokov, writes with the inventiveness of his predecessors." --Library Journal

"[Sleeping Mask] features characters exploring their circumstances, expectations, and regrets and ruminating on artistry, literature, and mere existence. . . . LaSalle's dozen multifaceted tales challenge the reader to look beyond a linear narrative, as characters are propelled toward an unraveling, bewildering void." --Booklist

"Deftly written. . . . Very highly recommended." --Midwest Book Review

Praise for Peter LaSalle

"A major talent." --Providence Journal

"Masterful and idiosyncratic stories." --BOMB magazine

"Dreamy stories, deliciously descriptive." --Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"LaSalle is a master--his writing is so intelligent and thoughtful, so smooth and fluent, its current so strong, and his characters so easy to care about, even to love, that one forgets to look for the stylistic sleights of hand so admired by academics and instead gets caught up in the lives of people who could easily be one's best friend, lover, aunt--or oneself." --Foreword Reviews

"A smart and open writer with a restless intellect and infectious passion." --Publishers Weekly

"One of our most distinguished short fiction writers." --Jeff VanderMeer, Bookslut

"LaSalle's [stories] transcend their particulars to show people with dreams, dilemmas, and disappointments that will move any reader." --Jhumpa Lahiri, Harvard Review

"Peter LaSalle has worked his way deep into the storytelling place. Serious, anomalous, his narratives are set into motion by the obsessions and perturbations of living. There is no model, no recipe--each world is uniquely known and irresistibly defined." --Sven Birkerts, author of Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age and editor of AGNI

"I've always believed that as a short story writer Peter LaSalle has been in the same class as Donald Barthelme and Joyce Carol Oates. . . . His style now flows with such masterly ease that he can be said to be in a class of his own, at the forefront of American creators of original prose." --Zulfikar Ghose, author of The Triple Mirror of the Self

"LaSalle is one of our finest storytellers." --Jay Neugeboren, author of Max Baer and the Star of David