Genre: Literary/Contemporary Fiction (20th Century Historical Fiction)
Publication Date: 28 February 2018
Set against the backdrop of real, world-changing events, these are the stories that are forgotten in the history books. The year is 1968 and the world is changing forever. During the month of May, students are rioting and workers are striking across the globe, civil rights are being fought and died for, nuclear bombs are being tested, there are major conflicts on every continent, and war is raging in Vietnam. Against this volatile background, three women strive to keep everything together.
Three different women, three different countries, but all striving to survive - a courageous attitude that everybody can relate to
Sleeping through War features three very different women and of how they are living through the changing times in 1968.
Amalia is a young widow who lives with her eleven year old son in a small apartment in Lisbon, Portugal. Her husband died five years ago in the Angolan war. She's only 28 but she's tired, tired of making ends meet and tired of having to be nice to people she despises. She has hopes that her son will get a good education and leave her world to live in a better place.
Rose lives in London but has come from St. Lucia for a better life, she's a nurse and works in a care home.
A mother in Washington whose story is told from the hopeful letters she writes to her son who is fighting in the Vietnam war. She misses him so much and pours her feelings out to him.
All three women are trying to be strong in the face of adversity.
Interspersed with their stories are news items from actual world events which gave a sense of what was happening outside their lives, but which in ways touched all of them.
This is an intriguing and fascinating snapshot of life in 1968 and I was left feeling sad to leave them at the end as I had got to know these women so well, I was left wanting to know how their lives over the last fifty years had developed. A wonderfully written novel.
Meet 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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