I loved this book! The author's style is fantastic and he has a wonderful way with words. His prose is beautiful and profound, and on my Kindle I highlighted many, many passages throughout the entire book. The novel consisted of ten different narrators, each telling a different story in a chapter. Each chapter could certainly be seen as a different short story. The author incorporates the different narrators and characters in the novel throughout the different stories, mentioning events that had already taken place, while previous characters show up unexpectedly in other stories. Frederick Reiken is able to tell a story that brings strangers together showing and reminding us how we are connected to strangers and showing us how small our world can be at times. This book should definitely be treasured since it tells stories of the Holocaust, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and life all over the United States.
Frederick Reiken became one of my favorite authors after I read this book, which I loved. Memorable characters with memorable stories told in an interesting, non-linear way. Within minutes of finishing this book, I ordered both of his other books. I recommended this book to a friend who called me and said she could not put this book down. You will love the characters and the story and the writing. This is truly a rare, 5-star book by a rare, 5-star author.
I really enjoyed this novel, but was left wanting more. I know that the author wanted us to feel the links between lives and the seeming randomness of it all, but although I was mesmerized by the storytelling, I wanted the sub-stories to be further fleshed out. Definitely worth the read.
I am an avid reader, read well over 100 books per year. I have vivid, indelible memories of perhaps ten books or so that, literally, changed how I understand life. This is one of them. The intricate and individual plot lines, the characterizations, all go from the truth of the individual life right out to great issues of the universe, leading the reader along the way into a richer, more dimensional appreciation of that mysterious tissue of events we call life. The suspense of these stories, the horrors they describe and the mystery of providence, and the ways in which individuals connect with each other, rescue each other, each human life providing the magic that keeps the universe whole are conveyed skillfully by Reiken. I have read this book over and over (at least 7 times) and am humbled and renewed after each reading.
Frederick Reiken is a genius--because only a genius could write this book. Filled with about a dozen+ main characters, the story switches chapter-by-chapter with someone else telling the tale. And as each person's vision of what is happening unfolds, the story also unfolds piece by piece. At the core is a decades-old mystery. At first, it appears that these are seemingly unrelated characters, spanning the globe from Salt Lake City to Israel, the suburbs of New Jersey to war-ravished Poland, from sunny Florida to a German concentration camp. And the genius part is that it not only works without being confusing, but also that it is riveting, fascinating and compelling. Twists, turns and more twists and finally all is revealed and the connections make sense. This is an intellectual treat.
With no warning, I discovered DAY FOR NIGHT (audiobook version). It is a magnificent and breathtaking journey into serous philosophical and metaphysical inquiry into the connections we each form in our daily life and many larger questions about such matters. Highly recommended.