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“With its humour, accurate social barometer and attentive characterization, this lively novel wonders whether we mature emotionally or simply age physically…Cohen writes with the memorable accuracy of a poet and the humour, indictments and generosity of a large-hearted satirist.” – Toronto Globe and Mail

“Supremely funny, big-hearted…Such is Cohen’s generosity and good humor, and the playful acuity of his prose, that though it’s clear neither man will likely overcome this restlessness—their discontent is too innate, too hardwired—you find yourself rooting for them all the same.”  — The Daily Beast

“Sentence by sentence, Robert Cohen is perhaps the best prose stylist of any American novelist now writing.” – DG Myers, A Commonplace Blog

“Artfully juxtaposing two contrasting personalities (as he did in Inspired Sleep ), Cohen explores the terrain of male middle age in a novel that keenly observes the dissatisfactions of contemporary life.”  — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Cohen has a superb ear for the rhythms of suburban speech, for the offhand nonchalance with which people dismiss each other’s dreams, and for the murky monotony of desperation.” – Kirkus Reviews

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“A blaze of silken prose…eager for life, bursting with emotion, alive to impressions and sensitive to the poise, the sinew, and the flavor of the individual phrase.”  — The Buffalo News

“With the perfect pitch of a Chekhov satire…Cohen can extends a series of metaphors like taffy.”  — New York Times Book Review

Captivating, memorable…these stories are lean yet rich with the complexity of human experience.”  — San Jose Mercury News

“Formidable…Cohen balances robust black comedy with moments of quietly profound feeling.” – The Atlantic Monthly

“Ruefully funny…the temptation with Cohen is to go on quoting him all day.”  — San Francisco Chronicle

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“Few books are as all-consuming as Robert Cohen’s Inspired Sleep, which may serve to remind readers why they continue to cast their lines into the shrinking lake of contemporary fiction. Moves effortlessly between the hilarious and the heartbreaking…inspired all the way.”  — New York Times Book Review

“A sparkling comic novel of postmodern pathologies…Inspired Sleep is more than just a brilliant book – it’s a transporting read.”  — Chicago Tribune

“A unique reading experience…you are caught and there is no escape until long after the final page is turned.”  — Denver Post

“A great fat multiplex of a novel, beautifully written, funny, moving, sardonic and sad, it’s a brilliantly executed indictment of our biomechanistic age, where there’s a cure for every ache and, more importantly, an ache for every cure.”  — Toronto Globe and Mail

“Funny, endearing, intelligent…a stylish, savvy writer—it’s as if Richard Powers and Francine Prose produced a son and gave him Don DeLillo as a godfather.” – Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“Wild and ingenious…I wonder whether anyone has done insomnia so well since Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘When You’re Lying Awake with a Dismal Headache.’” – New York Times

“Smartly observed and stylishly written…It’s not the interpretation of dreams but the meaning of our waking hours that is up for grabs here.”  — The New Yorker

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“Cohen reveals the perilous depths hidden beneath ordinary life, the sudden yearnings that move us…and he accomplishes this with brilliance, precision, and humor.”  — San Francisco Chronicle

“A great comic storm, beautifully written, full of brilliant flashes.” – Mona Simpson

“Cohen makes the heart beat faster, he makes you roar with laughter, he makes you feel the hot breath of the real thing on your neck.”  — Anne Roiphe, The Jerusalem Report

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“Cohen may be the first writer of his generation to work confidently in the capacious, literate, and high-comical vein opened by Saul Bellow in The Adventures of Augie March.”  — Sam Tanenhaus, Chicago Tribune

“An intimate, stunningly written portrait of a man and his reluctant confrontation with the past…all narrated in a voice that often approaches sheer poetry.”  — New York Times Book Review

“Reading a fine first novel is like falling in love: it’s a rare and dizzying experience, conferring, seemingly out of nowhere, an unexpected beneficence.  That’s precisely the way I felt after reading The Organ Builder.”  — Dan Cryer, Newsday

“A novel of witty, scary intelligence.”  — Stanley Elkin

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