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Episode 108: Elizabeth Hardwick, Sleepless Nights

Welcome, Book Fighters, to 2016! It’s a new year, and things are going to be different around here. No more messing around. Just professional, serious book criticism. After, that is, our usual 7-15 minutes of idle chit chat. If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that you don’t want to change your life too suddenly. Resolutions need to be phased in!

Anyway, we do have a book to discuss this week, which is Elizabeth Hardwick’s Sleepless Nights. It’s another short novel, one more in Mike’s series of “first person, loosely plotted” picks of the past few months. It is okay. It maybe left us both a little underwhelmed. Or maybe we’re just tired and cranky, here at the tail end of the holiday season.


We try to figure out why the book left both of us a little cold, given that we’ve both liked other, similar novels. We also do our other, usual Book Fight-y things, like catch up about our respective Christmases, and bicker about which of us is the nice one and which of us is the mean one.

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