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The Night Country | [Stewart O'Nan]

The Night Country

At midnight on Halloween in a cloistered New England suburb, a car carrying five teenagers leaves a winding road and slams into a tree, killing three of them. One escapes unharmed, another suffers severe brain damage. A year later, summoned by the memories of those closest to them, the three who died come back on a last chilling mission among the living.
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At midnight on Halloween in a cloistered New England suburb, a car carrying five teenagers leaves a winding road and slams into a tree, killing three of them. One escapes unharmed, another suffers severe brain damage. A year later, summoned by the memories of those closest to them, the three who died come back on a last chilling mission among the living.

A strange and unsettling ghost story in the tradition of Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson, The Night Country creeps through the leaf-strewn streets and quiet cul-de-sacs of one bedroom community, reaching into the desperately connected yet isolated lives of three people changed forever by the accident: Tim, who survived yet lost everything; Brooks, the cop whose guilty secret has destroyed his life; and Kyle's mom, trying to love the new son the doctors returned to her. As the day wanes and darkness falls, one of them puts a terrible plan into effect, and they find themselves caught in a collision of need and desire, watched over by the knowing ghosts.

Macabre and moving, The Night Country elevates every small town's bad high-school crash into myth, finding the deeper human truth beneath a shared and very American tragedy.

©2004 Stewart O'Nan; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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"The perfect ghost story for a contemporary Halloween....demonstrating along the way that the horror novel and literature can live quite happily within a single set of covers." (Peter Straub)

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    The concept and execution of this novel is so unusual but it works beautifully. The narrator is a teenage boy who died exactly a year prior to the story. We also hear from the other kids who died in the accident. I was sorry the story wasn't longer and can't wait to hear more from this author.

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