The Night Child

The Night Child

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Nora Brown teaches high school English and lives a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. But one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a girl's face appears above the students' desks--"a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been. Terror rushes through Nora's body--the kind of raw terror you feel when there's no way out, when every cell in your body, your entire body, is on fire--when you think you might die."

Twenty-four hours later, while on Thanksgiving vacation, the face appears again. Shaken and unsteady, Nora meets with neurologists and eventually, a psychiatrist. As the story progresses, a terrible secret is discovered--a secret that pushes Nora toward an even deeper psychological breakdown.

This breathtaking debut novel examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present. Exquisitely nuanced and profoundly intimate, The Night Child is a story of resilience, hope, and the capacity of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 225 pages
  • 137 x 216 x 23mm | 318g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1982546425
  • 9781982546427
  • 1,833,985

Review quote

"An incredible book. What is self? Love? Trust? Safety? The Night Child, both 'fragile as bible paper' and warrior in a lifelong quest for integration and healing, beautifully, artfully, and poetically carries each of us into the profound layered mysteries of our own minds and hearts."

-- "Susan Wooldridge, author of Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words"
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3,944 ratings
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4 34% (1,340)
3 27% (1,047)
2 8% (323)
1 3% (102)
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