Day for Night (Hardcover)

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"I love stories that play off the connected strands of people's lives. And Reiken plays off that love in this new novel that jumps between a dying leukemia patient, a Holocaust survivor, a sixties radical on the run, and abused siblings, one of whom is in a coma. Stories zigzag from Florida to Utah, Israel and New Jersey. Sometimes the connections are coincidence; other times they are fate. There's a lot of play with animal behavior and the shadow self, jumping from Jungian analysis to Dungeon and Dragon roleplaying, to just give a taste of Reiken's wide-ranging allusions. That's all frosting on the cake, but what I love most is that it's a darn good cake, a wonderfully engaging story that satisfies both the mind and the heart."

— Daniel Goldin

May 2010 Indie Next List

“Ten people, 10 stories spanning more than four decades and crossing the Atlantic Ocean. It is left up to the reader to determine what parts of which stories are vital and who is connected to whom in order to answer the final question: Who is the most important link in the chain? The link that, if broken, would result in the whole architecture crumbling to the ground? Intricate, crafty, and fascinating!”
— Stacie M. Williams, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI


"If you look hard enough into the history of anything, you will discover things that seem to be connected but are not." So claims a character in Frederick Reiken's wonderful, surprising novel, which seems in fact to be determined to prove just the opposite. How else to explain the threads that link a middle-aged woman on vacation in Florida with a rock and roll singer visiting her comatose brother in Utah, where he's been transported after a motorcycle injury in Israel, where he works with a man whose long-lost mother, in a retirement community in New Jersey, recognizes him in a televised report about an Israeli-Palestinian skirmish? And that's not the half of it.

In DAY FOR NIGHT, critically acclaimed writer Frederick Reiken spins an unlikely and yet utterly convincing story about people lost and found. They are all refugees from their own lives or history's cruelties, and yet they wind up linked to each other in compelling and unpredictable ways that will keep you guessing until the very end.

About the Author

Frederick Reiken is the author of two previous novels, "The Odd Sea" (1998) and "The Lost Legends of New Jersey" (2000). His short stories have appeared in "The New Yorker" and his essays in the anthology "Living on the Edge of the World "(2008). He has worked as a reporter and columnist and is currently a member of the writing faculty at Emerson College.

Praise For…


"Reiken strikes a delicate balance between mysteries and matters of fact...By the conclusion of this complex, engrossing novel, the title no longer seems the least bit funny." - Time

"A haunting first novel that takes a horrifying family calamity and turns it into a form of magic...leaves you spellbound until the very last page." - Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

"Skillful and much more than promising...Mr. Reiken's novel can be considered a coming-of-age story, but it is unusually interesting, because his adolescent narrator is much less self-absorbed than most of his kind." - The Atlantic Monthly

"Reiken has the gift of creating characters whose lives seem to go on even after we have read the last page of the novel." - The Christian Science Monitor


"By turns funny, poignant, clever and sad, Lost Legends is almost unerringly original...Reiken is an inspired storyteller, shifting gracefully from the ethereal to the earthly, and then meshing the two...You find yourself wishing that Reiken's beautiful, affecting writing and his haunting characters and their stories could go on and on." -The Philadelphia Inquirer (Sunday front page)

"In scene after scene, Reiken gets the amiable melancholy of suburbia exactly right. ... Reiken knows how to charge the quietest domestic scenes with consequence and emotion." - The New York Times Book Review

"A wise book filled with people a reader cannot help but care for." - The Boston Sunday Globe (front page)

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780316077569
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
Publication Date: April 7th, 2010
Pages: 336