Prairie Nocturne

By: Ivan Doig
Narrated by: Scott Sowers
Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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

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

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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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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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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.

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I do love this author's work!

I quite liked this! I had to relisten to big chunks of the story multiple times as there were details easily missed. I'll listen to it over again as I do with all Doig... There is so much to absorb!

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Love Ivan doig

Always get so attached to the characters and sad when the book ends. Love Doig’s descriptive writing. Thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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Wonderful story

I can now say I've read every one of Doig's novels and his two memoirs. I am proud to have been a fellow Northwestern alum.