Sleeping Arrangements by Laura Shaine Cunningham

About the book

This is the magical memoir of Lily Shaine, an orphan brought up by her two eccentric bachelor uncles in New York in the 1950s. Uncle Len is a six-foot-six-inch private investigator, a trench-coated cross between Abraham Lincoln and Sam Spade. Uncle Gabe, a librarian, is a confirmed dreamer who writes gospel songs in his spare time. With these two men as mentors, the human jungle of the Bronx as her playground, the schoolroom as her torture chamber and very knowing little girls as her playmates, Lily learns the secrets of life, sex, death and, above all, family love. A wry, funny and deeply affectionate portrait of the most unlikely of happy families, “Sleeping Arrangements” is a modern classic.

Reviewed by Biscuits, Books and Banter reading group:

This book was well received by all members. We all enjoyed the story of this girls weird but loving childhood. The shock value of the difference between hers and ours was commented on. A good read with wonderful descriptions.

Star rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “Sleeping Arrangements by Laura Shaine Cunningham”

  1. Review by Fawley/Holbury U3A Reading Group:
    We found the first part of this book hard to believe and therefore difficult to enjoy. However, we all thought it improved very much as we went through it.
    Star rating: **

  2. Review by Stubbington Bookends Reading Group:
    Enjoyed by all. A slow start but once ‘the uncles’ moved in then the book became more engaging as it described Lily’s colourful if not bizarre family life.
    Star rating: ***

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