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.