Day for Night

Day for Night

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 326 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780316077569
0316077569
Branch Call Number: Reik

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Michael Colford Mar 05, 2012

Near the end of Frederick Reiken's powerful novel Day for Night, one character says of another, "... if I thought hard enough, I'd come to understand her purpose." With Reiken's novel, I feel the opposite. The harder you ponder and try to make all the many story threads come together, the more elusive it all becomes. Yet when you don't try so hard to figure it out, it all flows and comes together like elegant artwork or music.

In Day for Night, each of the ten chapters is told from the point-of-view of a different character. They are structured like individual short stories, yet all the stories are linked in some way, and they all build a larger tapestry. With topics as far ranging as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, marine biology, the Nazi's persecution of the Jews, and environmental sensitivity syndrome, and a cast of characters that span continents and generations, Day for Night has mystery, romance, history, adventure... even a little science fiction when looked at from a certain angle. It's the kind of tale that sticks with you for hours or days after you've read it, and haunts you in the best of all possible ways.

I loved it.

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