We Shall Not All Sleep by Estep Nagy

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1964. The Hillsingers and the Quicks have shared the small Maine island of Seven for generations. 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. Jim, a spy recently ousted from the CIA, decides to carry out the threat Lila explicitly forbid: to banish their youngest son, twelve-year-old Catta, to the neighboring island of Baffin for twenty-four hours in an attempt to make a man out of him.

Set during three summer days, Estep Nagy’s debut novel moves among the communities of Seven as longstanding tensions become tactical face-offs where anything 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.

Title : We Shall Not All Sleep
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ISBN : 1632868415
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Elyse rated it ★★★★★

February 21, 2017

The ocean salt-air smells of Maine are worth remembering..... John was coming to Seven Island from New York after receiving an invitation by Billy Quick, his old friend from Princeton, whom he had not seen for fifteen years when they were trying to repair their damaged friendship. Billy offered Jo...

Taryn rated it ★★★☆☆

October 27, 2017

When the Heron landed on the Seven dock and the lines were down, he stepped carefully out of the boat. Majestic cliffs rose up behind him. Birds called. A flock of sheep tumbled down the hill, and the smell of cut grass and smoke ran alongside the ethereal salt. The sun was hot and the wind cool...

Karen❄️ rated it ★★★☆☆

July 02, 2017

Well, this just wasn't a book for me. I liked the setting on the Seven Islands, but there were too many story lines going on in the book. There were some parts that I really liked, but then the old history of these folks got thrown in and to me, it took away from the story. Too much detail. I woul...

Marie rated it ★★★★☆

June 07, 2017

I thought this book was quite brilliant, very literary, and highly intriguing. It takes place over a few days, however, there are flashbacks to earlier times such that the reader gets a much longer and larger view into the lives of the characters. The setting is July 1964 during the era of McCarth...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★☆☆

April 19, 2017

This book seems to be two disparate stories with hints of a third, and my main complaint is that they just don't really seem to fit together. I was interested in all of them individually but felt I had the same experience as a reader that I do when I simultaneously read multiple books. One story...

Michael X. rated it ★★★★★

August 28, 2017

We Shall Not All Sleep is the story of two tangled, often-competitive families who share Seven Island off the coast of Maine. The setting, 1964 New England, evokes something akin the Kennedy family. These are two families struggling with the burden of expectation that comes from privilege. Those...

Bandit rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 09, 2017

This novel looked promising, but looks can be deceiving. It's certainly ambitious, but the best way I can describe it is that it concentrated so much on being literary, it forgot to be good. The writing in itself is strong, but the narrative doesn't work. The layers aren't crafted precisely, so i...

Pamela rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 16, 2017

I tried, but I just could not connect to these people or this story. Too many plot lines added I think, to the dissatisfaction of this. I liked moments in the story, but there were not enough of them to make me give this a better review. I do not think I'll be reading any more by this author. **Th...

FJain rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2017

I recently read an arc of WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP, and I was blown away. It is the kind of book I am always looking for, but never find: lovely sentences, expertly crafted small moments, excellent interior dialogue, a compelling setting, impressively researched historical details, and a tight dram...

Nancy rated it ★★★★★

February 12, 2017

In 1965 two families, the Quicks and the Hillsingers, gather on an idyllic Maine island. They are preparing for Migration Day when the sheep are gathered and transported to the rich clover fields of a neighboring island, a time of feasting and celebration. Seven Island and its archipelago of islan...

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