Jim Krusoe writes novels that have events and characters and themes but they are not strong on traditional plot. Much like the picaresque, Kruse has his characters define themselves, interact, move from even to event, but without a strong goal. There is no quest. Who is the picaro in The Sleep Garden? Did the title give away the deep, hidden theme of the story?
The Sleep Garden is about a small number of somewhat quirky individuals that find affordable housing in an apartment building underground referred to as The Barrow. Each tenant enjoys an activity which allows them to stay at home, never venturing outside the barrow. There are men and women which often interact. One woman, in fact, seems to have been the rotating love interest of at least three of the guys.