“By recounting one person's real-time witnessing of a couple’s experience of stillbirth, BORN SLEEPING explores the ambivalence that lies at the heart of human relationships, the difficulty of comprehending others’ realities, the voyeurism of being on the outside of trauma and the disturbingly cool, detached eye of the writer."
Praise for Born Sleeping -
"Born Sleeping is a strikingly blunt and intense account of a character's emotional resistance and awakening as she confronts a family tragedy. The narrative develops like an extraordinary CT scan of the feeling mind and especially the feeling body, to reveal deepening layers of emotion and personal empathy. It is contemporary writing at its most unflinching.” –– Philip Salom.
“Gildfind’s novella is visceral, exhilarating and unsettling. Emotions are laid bare in all their ugly thrashing glory: live mercurial animals that for all their maudlin volatility manage to steer clear of heartbreak cliché and navel-gazing mind-anguish, instead manifesting materially and explicitly in the body and the environment. Fear is an 'iris spontaneously propelled inwards', memories grow 'like bones and hair and nails', and ‘the nursery air is swollen with expectant waiting 'like the body of the mother.” –– Grace Yee.
"Remarkable for its compression and the startling detail with which it registers its world, Born Sleeping is about loss, but also about connection and love, and what it means to tell stories – overtly and unconsciously. Gildfind’s writing is rhythmic and lyrical, and always tight. This book is an impressive achievement.” –– Fiona Wright
About The Author
H.C. Gildfind in an Australian author of fiction, essays and book reviews.
THE WORRY FRONT was completed with the support of an Australia Council Grant and includes the award-winning novella Quarry. Gildfind has also researched interwar Australian literature and history, and was awarded a PhD by the University of Melbourne in 2012.
In 2020, Gildfind won the Miami University Press international novella competition: BORN SLEEPING was published in 2021.