Monday, August 27, 2007

Sleep Before Evening

Author Magdalena Ball will be Yvonne Perry’s guest on Writers in the Sky Podcast August 31, 2007! She will be discussing her debut book Sleep Before Evening.

Here is a synopsis of her book.

Marianne is teetering at the edge of reason.

A death in the family sends her brilliant academic career and promising future spiraling out of control until resentment towards those who shaped her past leads her on a wild and desperate search for the truth about herself.

On the seedy side of New York, she meets Miles, a hip musician busking the streets and playing low-rent venues in a muddled bid to make his own dreams come true.

In her new life, she finds anarchic squalor, home grown music and poetry, booze, drugs, sex, violence, love, loss … and, above all, exhilarating freedom on her troubled journey from sleep to awakening.

This gritty, relentless story unfolds with the same cool detachment that motivates the central character to peel back the layers of her life and expose the painful scalding within.

Magdalena Ball is author of The Art of Assessment and Quark Soup. She runs the popular Compulsive Reader website at Her short stories, editorials, poetry, reviews and articles have appeared in many printed anthologies and journals and have won several awards. She also works as a manuscript assessor for Manuscripts Online, is a member of the BookConnector Advisory Board, an Evaluative Reader for Catchfire Press, and Information Manager for Orica, not always in that order. She is the author of a non-fiction book, The Art of Assessment, and a poetry chapbook Quark Soup. Her debut novel Sleep Before Evening is due for publication by BeWrite Books in 2007. Magdalena lives in on a rural property in New South Wales with her husband and three gorgeous children.


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