The Night Country

The Night Country

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Where would we be if love ended with death? At midnight on Halloween in a cloistered New England suburb, a car carrying five teenagers leaves a winding road and slams into a tree, killing three of them. One escapes unharmed, another suffers severe brain damage. A year later, summoned by the memories of those closest to them, the three who died come back on a last chilling mission among the living. A strange and unsettling ghost story in the tradition of Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson, The Night County creeps through the leaf-strewn streets and quiet cul-de-sacs of one bedroom community, reaching into the desperately connected yet isolated lives of three people changed forever by the accident: Tim, who survived yet lost everything; Brooks, the cop whose guilty secret has destroyed his life; and Kyle's mom, trying to love the new son the doctors returned to her. As the day wanes and darkness falls, one of them puts a terrible plan into effect, and they find themselves caught in a collision of need and desire, watched over by the knowing ghosts.
Macabre and moving, The Night Country elevates every small town's bad high school crash into myth, finding the deeper human truth beneath a shared and very American tragedy. As in his highly prized Snow Angels and A Prayer for the Dying, Stewart O'Nan once again gives us an intimate look at people tyrig to hold on to hope, and the consequences when they fail.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 136 x 200 x 28mm | 399.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747571694
  • 9780747571698
  • 1,911,049

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'THE NIGHT COUNTRY is scary, sad, funny, and when it comes to young people at the end of their ropes and hopes, dead on the money. Stewart O'Nan's new one takes you away to a strange and special place while reminding you of the places you've been - especially the spooky Halloween places. A gracefully written, mesmerizing read.' Stephen King 'The perfect ghost story for contemporary Halloween.' Peter Straub 'A twisted, mischevious little tale of the hereafter by one of the strongest writers of our generation.' Jennifer Egan
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About Stewart O'Nan

Stewart O'Nan has been named by Granta as one of its Twenty Best Young American Novelists. He lives in Connecticut.
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1,132 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
5 22% (250)
4 36% (411)
3 29% (325)
2 10% (115)
1 3% (31)
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