"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 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, 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 award-winning author of the novels "The Odd Sea" and "The Lost Legends of New Jersey."
Laural Merlington has recorded well over one hundred audiobooks, including works by Margaret Atwood and Alice Hoffman, and is the recipient of several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks.
George K. Wilson has narrated over one hundred fiction and nonfiction audiobook titles, from Thomas L. Friedman to Thomas Pynchon, and has won several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards.
"Reiken...slowly reveals the submerged connections among his intriguing characters while sustaining psychological sophistication, suspense, shrewd humor, and many-tiered compassion." ---Booklist Starred Review