While They Slept by Kathryn Harrison
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While They Slept Summary
Early on an April morning, eighteen-year-old Billy Frank Gilley, Jr., killed his sleeping parents. Surprised in the act by his younger sister, Becky, he turned on her as well. Billy then climbed the stairs to the bedroom of his other sister, Jody, and said, Were free.
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"Novelist and memoirist Harrison attends admirably to detail .... But by bookending the account with musings on her incestuous relationship with her own fatheralready addressed in both her fiction and nonfictionHarrison dilutes the power of the Gilleys' story." - Publishers Weekly.
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Kathryn Harrison Author Biography
Kathryn Harrison is the author of the novels The Seal Wife, The Binding Chair, Poison, Exposure, and Thicker Than Water. She has also written the memoirs The Kiss and The Mother Knot; a travel memoir, The Road to Santiago; a biography, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux; and a collection of essays, Seeking Rapture. Ms. Harrison is a frequent reviewer for the New York Times Book Review; her essays, which have been included in many anthologies, have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Vogue, O magazine, Salon, and other publications.She lives in New York with her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison, and their children.
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