Day for Night: A Novel (Paperback)

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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

Description


"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…


"Brilliant plotting, haunting characters and an elegiac tone distinguish this dazzling novel by Reiken...Contemporary fiction at its best-accessible, breathtaking and heartbreaking."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)—-

"An intricate, subtly fantastic, six-degrees-of-separation tale shaped by the beauty, continuity, and mystery of nature. . . . It's an entrancing and profoundly complicated tale Reiken tells as he slowly reveals the submerged connections among his intriguing characters while sustaining psychological sophistication, suspense, shrewd humor, and many-tiered compassion."--Booklist (starred)—-

"A compelling tale in which one thread deftly connects 10 people....An imaginative and exciting read."--Publishers Weekly-

"What begins as a typical family drama becomes a chain reaction of plot twists. . . . . Day for Night is a beautiful test in patience, but by the end, you'll see it was worth the wait."--Very Short List-

"A thought-provoking, intricate portrait of the far-reaching, intergenerational implications of the Holocaust - and how fortuitous circumstances can bring people from both sides of a tragedy closer together, and, in some cases, further apart."--S. Kirk Walsh, Los Angeles Times-

"Day for Night is a joy and a rare thing, a feast for the mind and the heart that almost demands a second reading."--Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Co./NPR-

"This novel magically and eloquently links swimming with manatees in Florida with a comatose young man held hostage in Utah, a fugitive radical woman, and a kibbutz on the Dead Sea. It's beautifully written, magnificently cerebral, entirely compelling."-- Ellen Meeropol, Odyssey Bookshop

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780316077576
ISBN-10: 0316077577
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: April 27th, 2011
Pages: 352
Language: English