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The Night Country
by Stewart O'Nan


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A ghost story that begins in everyday tragedy, from a distinctly American master of both forms: a "scary, sad, funny . . . mesmerizing read" (Stephen King)

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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A ghost story that begins in everyday tragedy, from a distinctly American master of both forms: a "scary, sad, funny . . . mesmerizing read" (Stephen King)

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 that died come back on a last chilling mission among the living.

A strange and unsettling ghost story, "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. As in his highly-prized "Snow Angels" and "A Prayer for the Dying," once again Stewart O'Nan gives us an intimate look at people trying to hold on to hope, and the consequences when they fail.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780312424077
  • ISBN-10: 0312424078
  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Publish Date: October 2004
  • Page Count: 240


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The Night Country

This chilling novel from O'Nan is the perfect choice for October book clubs. A modern-day ghost story that takes place in the suburbs of Connecticut, the book centers on the survivors of a tragic car crash that occurred on Halloween. Three teenagers died in the accident, and two lived: Tim, who suffered no injuries, and brain-damaged Kyle, a former bad boy and rebel. A year after the accident, Tim is struggling with survivor's guilt, while Nancy, Kyle's mother, takes on the role of caregiver for her son and fights to maintain her marriage. Watching over them are the ghosts of the three dead teens, Marco, Toe and Danielle, who have their own stories to tell and provide commentary on earthly life as it continues without them. Ominous and haunting, this innovative novel is reminiscent of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.picadorusa.com.

 
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