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The view from on high

Sixteen-year-old Kit floats free from her body at night and circles invisibly over family and friends – not always liking what she sees

13 May 2023

9:00 AM

13 May 2023

9:00 AM

The Sleep Watcher Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Sceptre, pp.256, 16.99

The Sleep Watcher, the third thoughtful novel by the gifted Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, features a narrator who floats free from her body at night and circles around invisibly, observing her family and friends. This departure into the supernatural from the author’s previous work does not leaven the sadness of her writing, and the book is even more melancholic than her Starling Days (2019), which opened with the protagonist contemplating suicide.

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