October 23, 2020


By Roy Freirich’74
Meerkat Press, 2020
  • Deprivation by Roy Freirich’74

In Roy Freirich’s latest novel, a mysterious wave of insomnia descends on a New England island community, denying its residents and vacationers the ability to dream and rest. This page-turning yarn is told chronologically over the course of eight days, starting with a boy found mute, disoriented, and abandoned on a beach while clutching a handheld video game. From there, a widespread epidemic of sleep deprivation begins claiming the island residents, propelling inhabitants in their exhaustion and desperation to blame one another. The shared misery plunges the entire community into isolation and chaos. Told from multiple perspectives, including that of the island doctor, this psychological thriller is cinematic and fast-paced.

This is Freirich’s second novel. He adapted his first book, Winged Creatures, into the film Fragments, which was released in 2009 and starred Dakota Fanning and Forest Whitaker. He’s also written screenplays for Fox Searchlight, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, and Sony.

Also In This Issue

  • Button reading “Survived the Blackout!” from the October 1983 power outage in Blaisdell, Bushnell, and Peet.

    When the Lights Went Out

  • Patrick Cornbill talks to media after hurricanes hit the Virgin Islands in 2017.

    The New York Outbreak and its Personal Toll

  • Florida Sunburn: A Factual-Fictional Journey of Redemption in the Sunshine State by Michael W. Newman’88

    Florida Sunburn: A Factual-Fictional Journey of Redemption in the Sunshine State

  • DeVon Wilson’90 and his team ramped up their efforts to retain and recruit underrepresented students.

    Helping Students Succeed in a New Reality


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