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Debut Novel Series: Mira Jacobs

Writers & Books is thrilled to host Mira Jacob as the first author in our new Debut Novel Series. She will be in Rochester November 13 – 15, 2014


  • Writers’ Master ClassNovember 15 – 10:00 AM to Noon – Writers & Books classroom $35 W&B members; $40 non-members. Reservation required.

For complete event information, to register or purchase tickets, visit or call 585-473-2590, x107.


About Mira Jacob

Mira Jacob

Mira Jacob is the founder of Pete’s Reading Series in New York City and has an MFA from the New School for Social Research. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. THE SLEEPWALKER’S GUIDE TO DANCING is her first novel.


The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing

A Novel

Mira Jacob


Acquired by Random House in a highly competitive auction and with foreign rights sold in nine territories, Mira Jacob’s debut novel THE SLEEPWALKER’S GUIDE TO DANCING (Random House; On Sale July 1) is already being called “refreshing,” “vivid,” “comic,” and “well-crafted” by early reviewers.

Spanning India in the 1970s to New Mexico in the 1980s and Seattle in the 1990s, the sweeping novel follows the witty, eccentric and loving Eapen family as they wrestle with their future and their past.

When brain surgeon Thomas Eapen decides to cut short a visit to his mother’s home in India in 1979, he sets into motion a series of events that will forever haunt him and his wife Kamala, their intellectually precocious son Akhil, and their watchful daughter, Amina. Now, twenty years later, in the heat of a New Mexican summer, Thomas has begun having bizarre conversations with his dead relatives and it’s up to Amina—a photographer in the midst of her own career crisis–to figure out what is really going on. But getting to the truth is far harder than it seems. From Thomas’s unwillingness to talk, to Kamala’s Born Again convictions, to run-ins with a hospital staff that seems to know much more than they let on, Amina finds herself at the center of a mystery so thick with disasters that to make any headway at all, she has to unravel the family’s painful past.


Praise for The Sleepwalkers Guide to Dancing

“Jacob’s darkly comic debut—about a photographer’s visit to her parents’ New Mexico home during a family crisis—is grounded in the specifics of the middle-class Indian immigrant experience while uncovering the universality of family dysfunction and endurance. …”

Kirkus Review

“Jacob’s writing is refreshing, and she excels at creating a powerful bond between the reader and her characters, all wonderfully drawn and with idiosyncratic natures—the mother, Kamala, for instance, is a born-again Christian—that make them enchanting. Recommended for those who like engaging fiction that succeeds in addressing serious issues with some humor.”

Library Journal


[An] emotionally bountiful debut . . . The author has a wonderful flair for recreating the messy sprawl of family life, with all its joy, sadness, frustration, and anger.”

Publishers Weekly