The Night Birds

The Night Birds

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The intertwining story of three generations of German immigrants to the Midwest--their clashes with slaveholders, the Dakota uprising and its aftermath--is seen through the eyes of young Asa Senger, named for an uncle killed by an Indian friend. It is the unexpected appearance of Asa's aunt Hazel, institutionalized since shortly after the mass hangings of thirty-eight Dakota warriors in Mankato in 1862, that reveals to him that the past is as close as his own more

Product details

  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 27.94mm | 1,138.51g
  • Soho Press Inc
  • SohoCrime,US
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1569475024
  • 9781569475027
  • 643,948

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PRAISE FOR "THE NIGHT BIRDS" *Alex Award Winner* "We all set our sights on the Great American Novel. . . . [Thomas Maltman] comes impressively close to laying his hands on the grail." --"Boston Globe," Madison Smartt Bell "Thomas Maltman's debut novel, "The Night Birds," soars and sings like a feathered angel." --"Chicago Sun-Times" "Maltman's prose and pacing flow from an expert hand. . . . His gaze is unflinching and balanced. . . . And while there is much loss in the novel, in the end there is salvation." --"Denver Post, "Robin Vidimos "Maltman's writing is most lucid when he explores the German folklore, Dakota mysticism, and pioneer spirituality that shape his characters' understanding of their own harsh world." --"Entertainment Weekly" "[Maltman] excels at giving even his most harrowing scenes an understated realism and at painting characters who are richly, sometimes disturbingly human. The novel sustains its tension right to the moment it ends." --"Publishers Weekly, "STARRED REVIEW "[A] flawless sense of history marked by its most revealing--and harrowing--details." --"Booklist" PRAISE FOR "LITTLE WOLVES" "Here's one I'll recommend--Tom Maltman's written an ambitious mythic thriller that hums with energy and portent. Set under brooding prairie skies, "Little Wolves" has modern psychoses and generational wickedness, ravening devils and uneasy saints. It shifts and dodges like wind, and it rings with conviction and confidence. What more can a reader ask?" --Leif Enger, author of "Peace Like a River" and "So Brave, Young, and Handsome " "A masterwork of fiction. Not just a good book that's interesting on multiple levels, but a great book that will stand the test of time...I was completely spellbound. Add to this the mysteries surrounding the town and characters, and I felt, often, as though I were reading some contemporary version of Dostoyevsky." --Peter Geye, autshow more

About Thomas Maltman

Thomas Maltman's essays, poetry, and fiction have been published in many literary journals. He has an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato and he lives in the Twin Cities. His first novel, "The Night" "Birds," won several national awards, including an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. In 2009 the American Library Association chose "The Night Birds" as an "Outstanding Book for the College Bound." His most recent novel, "Little Wolves, " is also published by more
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