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"Sleeping Tigers is the kind of book you wish didn't have to end. Fast-moving and funny, loaded with sex, adventure, and characters who feel like your oldest friends, it takes the reader through fabulous, keenly-observed settings as it follows one woman on a brave journey of self-discovery. Robinson's prose crackles with wit and humanity."  Elisabeth Brink, author of Save Your Own
"Be prepared to be surprised and delighted."  Toby Neal, author of Blood Orchids
"Ms. Robinson is a captivating story teller who knows how to add the right ingredients to create a page turner that you don't want to put down.  Sleeping Tigers is a must read."
Kathryn Hamilton, Chick Lit Central

From the Author

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago, I was afraid that my life would be changed forever.  I was right--but what I didn't know then was that many of those changes would be for the better.  Since then, I truly have learned to appreciate every moment, to take more risks in life, and to never hold back on love.  I've tried to convey those life lessons in this novel, where the main character, Jordan, feels like a chipped teacup after her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, but learns to embrace the richness and excitement of being alive as she pursues her drifter brother to Nepal in an effort to save his life.  Writing this book allowed me to convey the many mixed emotions I experienced during my cancer treatments.  It also allowed me to revisit Nepal, a country that transformed my life in profound ways when I spent two months traveling there.  Every book is a journey.  For me, the journey I took in writing this book allowed me to reflect on the changes in my life, both good and bad, as I anticipate more exciting adventures ahead.

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  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466404833
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZC5M9G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I never meant to be a writer. I studied biology in college because I wanted to be a doctor - preferably one of those doctors who's always jetting off to villages in Africa to save thousands of lives in a single weekend. But life intervened during my last semester of college, when I chose a class in creative writing.

From the moment I sat down to write, I became completely absorbed in my work. While I was writing, seven hours could pass like seven minutes. To the horror of my parents, I abandoned the idea of medical school to become a writer, promising that, if I didn't get to be rich or famous in, oh, a year or so, I'd let common sense rule and find a real career.

Of course, none of that happened. A year went by. Two. Then more. As I became even more engrossed in the writing process, I did what all writers do to support my secret habit: I worked a thousand odd jobs, from proofreading telephone books (really) to construction. I kept writing, filling up the corners of my life and lots of paper with words.

Then one day, as I was driving home from the grocery store, a title floated across the windshield of my car: The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter. After I finished laughing, my mouth went dry. I knew I had the title of my first book, which sets out to answer this question: How did my father, a career Navy man, end up on a farm with 9,000 gerbils?

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Donna Anastasi on February 11, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've seen this book compared to Eat, Pray, Love and while in is of the same genre as Eat, Pray, Love it is fundamentally quite different. From the first page I connected with the main character, Jordan, as very real and in so many ways "could be me." After the "sleeping tiger" within stretches and scrapes his claws in the form of a breast cancer surgery, Jordan is jolted from her perfect, safe, predictable little world as a middle school teacher engaged to a stable, sort of stick-up-his-@$$ guy (the description of him ironing his wet bills said it all). She leaves her smothering parents, boring fiance, and conservative New England life and pursues her MIA brother to California and beyond. She has a tight bond with and deep love for her only brother; they serve as each others "true witnesses," confidants, and heros after growing up as children of an unpredictable, often violent alcoholic. Unlike Eat, Pray, Love as Jordan lets go of the many societal bindings and is stripped of material possessions, she does not let go of relationships. Rather than going through a "me" phase this is very much a book about the "we." Jordan never changes her true essence as the responsible, oldest sister, nurturing, mothering type. Instead she allows it to flourish. "Sleeping Tigers" explores all the type of loves women feel so deeply as daughter, sister, girlfriend, lover, and "mommy." And does it in an often starkly realistic ways including close encounters with vomit, blood, feces, and other bodily fluids that inevitably go along with caretaking. The novel has many beautiful and descriptive scenes as well including Jordan's reawakening of her sensual side after being so deeply scarred. The book has a wonderful final scene that closes this chapter of Jordan's life, and, hopefully, will open another in the form a sequel.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Schuyler T Wallace VINE VOICE on April 20, 2012
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I'm confused. After reading a couple of summaries of Holly Robinson's novel SLEEPING TIGERS, I almost passed over it, labeling it women's fiction (in fact, that's exactly what the author calls it in an interview), a genre I'm not particularly fond of. But some elements caught my eye. It had all 5-star reviews and it was deemed funny, fast-moving, loaded with sex, and featured adventures in Nepal. I love wild animal tales, especially about tigers, and, since it was free, I downloaded it to my Kindle.

The bewilderment began to diminish after I started the book, because I actually liked it. I liked it a lot. My wife tells me I was incommunicado the entire time I was reading it. From now on I will be more careful about placing books in categories that I suspect I won't enjoy. There wasn't a lot in it about tigers, but I didn't miss them.

The main character, Jordan O'Malley, is woman honed to toughness by a bout with breast cancer. She sets aside a rather mundane existence to find her brother and jar him back into reality from his worthless existence in an attempt to put her family back together. I'm not going to enumerate the trials she goes through because they form the backbone of Robinson's story. I'll just say that the author does a masterful job of dragging you along for the ride, and I guarantee that you'll be mesmerized. Her adventures are outlandish but totally believable under Robinson's skilful rendering.

Holly Robinson's personal story is the obvious inspiration for the story. She has also survived breast cancer that was diagnosed and treated early and saw it change her outlook on life. She moved to San Francisco from the East, as did O'Malley in the book, trekked around Nepal, and has a couple of brothers that she adores.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Morrigan Alexandros VINE VOICE on July 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
It befuddles me why it took me so long to write this review. I think the reason was that I got to know the author through email exchanges and I just couldn't be that impartial in paper (i.e. the internet). So, after the months brought back my impartiality, I am all good to go.

Jordan has a breast cancer scare and although she gets through it ok, she is quite shaken by the experience. Her tranquil and safe life soon comes unraveling as she leaves her boyfriend and her sedentary life. She travels to San Francisco for the summer to spend some time experiencing life and hanging out with her wild best friend. She is also trying to track down her brother, Cam, who is a drifter and...well, you will find out when you read the book.

For a character who is described as always playing it safe and never taking any risks, Jordan is really gun-ho about getting in the action, taking risks (including risking her life) and just going full throttle as she deals with the challenges that life throws her way. I liked Jordan. Her actions and the narration describing her do not match. It is also as if the author imagined her one way, and Jordan came to life and decided on her own her own actions. She is a bit idealistic (and perhaps unrealistic) but, she is a bit relatable.

The plot occurs quickly, all the events occurring and developing quickly. From San Francisco to Nepal in no time. And this is the aspect of the book that makes it a bit unrealistic and hurried. But, it is entertaining and a quick read.

The writing, well, it was quite excellent. Holly Robinson is definitely a good writer. The narration flowed perfectly. The book was well edited (except for a few minor typos). Overall, I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it. It is great for a summer read.
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