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Prairie Nocturne | [Ivan Doig]

Prairie Nocturne

National Book Award finalist Ivan Doig writes about Big Sky country with raw authenticity. Set during the 1920s, Prairie Nocturne finds Susan Duff, the young songbird from Doig’s Dancing at the Rascal Fair, now a middle-aged singing coach living in Helena. When her old flame, Wes Williamson, asks her to mentor his black chauffeur, Monty, she agrees. But racial tensions erupt when Susan’s private lessons with Monty attract the attention of the KKK.
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Publisher's Summary

National Book Award finalist Ivan Doig writes about Big Sky country with raw authenticity. Set during the 1920s, Prairie Nocturne finds Susan Duff, the young songbird from Doig’s Dancing at the Rascal Fair, now a middle-aged singing coach living in Helena. When her old flame, Wes Williamson, asks her to mentor his black chauffeur, Monty, she agrees. But racial tensions erupt when Susan’s private lessons with Monty attract the attention of the KKK.

©2003 Ivan Doig (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Fine work from a quintessentially American writer.” (Kirkus)

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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 02-24-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "Not to my liking!"

    I have enjoyed Doig's books in the past. Dancing at the Rascal Fair was just wonderful. This one, not so wonderful. None of the characters were likeable or interesting enough to hold my imagination. The story moves along as slow as molasses. Life is too short to waste on a book you don't care about. I am quitting after listening for 6 hours.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Carlsbad, CA and SLC, UT 09-17-12
    Jane Carlsbad, CA and SLC, UT 09-17-12 Member Since 2010

    Jane

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    "Loved it."
    If you could sum up Prairie Nocturne in three words, what would they be?

    I love everything Ivan Doig writes. His writing is unique and poetic. Love his characters. Love his stories.


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    E. Nicholson 08-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I did not want the story to end!"
    Would you listen to Prairie Nocturne again? Why?

    I would listen to it again because the characters and their relationships are complex and the world they live in is so beautifully described.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Sowers – was your favorite?

    Susan, of course.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I wanted it to last a long time.


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