At first they seem interchangeable -- Naomi, Laura and Claire, the three notorious "death girls" of the Swarthmore campus. Always together, always dressed in black, they each have a special woman poet who destroyed herself in whose works they are immersed: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and, in Claire's case, Lucy Ascher, who drowned herself at twenty-four. At night they gather in a candlelit room to read the sacred texts.
Then Julian Gould, an upperclassman, accidentally comes upon Claire alone and finds her curiously attractive. They begin to have an affair, and Claire catches herself wondering whether Julian is intrigued by her simply because she is a death girl and then, more seriously, why she is one. As she struggles between her feelings for Julian and her commitment to Lucy Ascher, she discovers more and more uncomfortable things about herself. Finally, in a drastic move, she leaves college and Julian, and on the desolate winter beath at Southampton she at last confronts the facts that she has been avoiding for years.
Original title: Sleepwalking
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction