The Night Journal

The Night Journal

Book - 2006
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Meg Mabry has spent her life with her back turned to her legendary family legacy. In the 1890s, her great-grandmother Hannah Bass composed starkly revealing diaries of her life on the southwestern frontier. A generation later, Hannah's daughter, a renowned historian known as Bassie, staked her academic career and reputation on these vibrant accounts, editing and publishing them to great acclaim, and establishing the Bass family as a pillar in the history of the American southwest. Meg--Bassie's granddaughter--finds the family lore oppressive. Determined to pursue a life away from the business of history keeping, she has refused, to the annoyance of her grandmother, to read even a single page of the journal. When an excavation on the old Bass family property beckons a now elderly and viper-tongued Bassie back to the fabled land of her childhood, Meg grudgingly consents to accompany her. But when an unexpected discovery casts doubt on the history recorded in Hannah's pages and harbored in Bassie's memories, Meg finally succumbs to the allure of her great-grandmother's story and ventures even deeper into Hannah's life to unlock the mystery at the journal's core.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2006
Description: 454 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780670034772
Branch Call Number: Croo


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