The Sleep [ePub]

by Caitlin Horrocks

This inventive story, exclusive for Kindle, tells the story of the town of Bounty, the Rasmussen family, and the sleep. It started one November, when Al Rasmussen stood in his family room, arms outstretched, knee-deep in a nest of mattresses and bedding. The sideboard had a hot plate and an electric kettle plugged into a power strip. He opened drawers filled with crackers, tinned soup, vitamin C pills and canned juice to prevent scurvy. “Hibernation,” he announced. “Human hibernation.” In the past, Bounty had always wintered the way towns do: gas bills and window plastic, blankets and boots; resident bought cream for cracked skin. “Sleep,” Al said, there in his living room. Of course this was before the cameras, before the outsiders.


Caitlin Horrocks is author of the forthcoming story collection This Is Not Your City. Her fiction has received the Plimpton Prize, and has appeared in The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009, The Pushcart Prize XXXV, The Paris Review, Tin House, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She lives in Michigan.



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