Through the sublimely unreliable voice of its narrator Karin, Before You Sleep reaches back from present-day Oslo to Brooklyn in the 1930s to relate the emotional legacies of the Blom family.
Ullmann is a fabulously gifted writer … Before you sleep succeeds in every way a novel should succeed.
— Boston Globe
Karin is both playful and melancholy – a serial seductress who defines herself in contrast to the women in her life: her mother, Anni, alluring, manipulative, and melodramatic; her sister Julie, a wife and mother undone by suspicions of her husband's infidelity; her aunt Selma, the world's angriest old woman; and her soldier-grandmother June who bets that Karin will be the best damn soldier of them all.
Inventive and wise, funny and disquieting, "Before You Sleep" marked the arrival of a gifted new literary voice.