The Night Child

The Night Child

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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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.
Publisher: Ashland, OR : Blackstone Publishing, 2018
ISBN: 9781538434338
1538434334
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jan 16, 2018

Brilliant writing about extremely difficult emotions. The author is a poet, and it's evident in how she expresses herself in prose. Not pretentious "look at me" language, but words you'll reread because of their beauty. It is compelling, but also hard to read because you feel Nora's emotions as she is experiencing them. A phenomenal novel.

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