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A bestseller in the USA, selling over 60,000 copies, LYING AWAKE is a brilliant portrayal of one woman's trial at the perilous intersection of faith and reason 'Powerful ... sheds light on the cloister of the monastery as well as on the cloister of the mind ... an unusual and notable achievement' Erica Wagner, THE TIMES 'A singularly rich and abundant work ... a rare willingness to engage faith on its own ground, to find in it a value that transcends the agnostic shrug and the therapeutic pieties of New Age shills' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Mark Salzman is the author of IRON AND SILK, an account of his two years in China, two novels, THE LAUGHING SUTRA and THE SOLOIST, finalist for the LOS ANGELES TIMES Book Prize and available from Bloomsbury, and LOST IN PLACE, a memoir. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.
"A lean, seemingly effortless tour de force...a perfect little novel." --"The New Yorker ""Spare, luminous...Salzman makes this cloistered society not only believable, but also compelling." --"San Francisco Chronicle " "A singularly rich and abundant work.... [Salzman has an] ability to convey spiritual states with a lambent clarity." --"The New York Times Book Review ""A satisfying and evocative questioning of faith and art." --"The Oregonian" "Mark Salzman is...a poet, capturing in the pages of "Lying Awake," his shining novel about devotion and doubt, a mysticism that reaches back in time to an older tradition, yet dwells easily in the present." --"Los Angeles Times " "A gentle story.... Graceful, lucid and enjoyable." --"Newsday " "Elegant.... Salzman's depiction of Sister John's conflict, convent life and this society of devoted women is a marvelous accomplishment." --"The Seattle Times " ""Lying Awake "showcases an almost ethereal talent, one that can handle complex ideas with a touch lighter than air." --"New York Post"