We Shall Not All Sleep
On Sale: July 3, 2017
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Seven Island has two houses. One for Hillsingers and one
1964. The Hillsingers and the Quicks have shared the
small Maine island of Seven for generations. But though
technically family--Jim Hillsinger and Billy Quick
married Park Avenue sisters Lila and Hannah Blackwell--
they do not mix. Now, on the anniversary of Hannah's
death, Lila feels grief pulling her toward Billy. And
Jim, a spy recently ousted from the CIA on suspicion of
treason, decides to carry out the threat his wife has
explicitly forbidden: to banish their youngest son, the
twelve-year-old Catta, to the neighboring island of
Baffin for twenty-four hours in an attempt to make a man
out of him.
With their elders preoccupied, the Hillsinger and Quick
children run wild, playing violent games led by Catta's
sadistic older brother James. The island manager Cyrus
and the servants tend to the families while preparing for
the Migration, a yearly farming ritual that means one
thing to their employers, and something very different to
Set during three summer days, Estep Nagy's debut novel
moves among the communities of Seven as longstanding
tensions become tactical face-offs in which everything is
fair game for ammunition. Vividly capturing the rift
between the cold warriors of Jim's generation and the
rebellious seekers of Catta's, We Shall Not All Sleep is
a richly told story of American class, family, and
manipulation--a compelling portrait of a unique and
privileged WASP stronghold on the brink of dissolution.
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