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- Full Title: “Sleepers”
- When Written: 2012
- Where Written: Victoria, Australia
- When Published: 2012
- Literary Period: Grunge or post-grunge
- Genre: Short Story
- Setting: An unnamed small town in Australia
- Climax: Ray attempts to steal some of the railroad sleepers but is caught by the police.
- Antagonist: The outside contractors running the construction project
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for Sleepers
Award-winning. “Sleepers” is one of the short stories in Kennedy’s anthology Like a House on Fire, which won the Steele Rudd Award in 2013.
Australian English. Although the setting is never explicitly provided in “Sleepers,” the characters’ use of distinctively Australian words such as “ute,” “ColorBond [steel] shed,” and “sunnies” places this story in Australia.