The Night Journal
By Elizabeth Crook
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143038573, 464pp.)
Publication Date: January 30, 2007
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A mesmerizing novel of four generations of Southwestern women bound to a mythical legacy
With its family secrets and hallowed texts containing explosive truths, The Night Journal suggests A. S. Byatts Possession transplanted to the raw and beautiful landscape of the American Southwest. Meg Mabry has spent her life oppressed by her familys legacya heritage beginning with the journals written by her great-grandmother in the 1890s and solidified by her grandmother Bassie, a famous historian who published them to great acclaim. Until now, Meg has stubbornly refused to read the journals. But when she concedes to accompany the elderly and vipertongued Bassie on a return trip to the fabled land of her childhood in New Mexico, Meg finally succumbs to the allure of her great-grandmothers storyand soon everything she believed about her family is turned upside down.
Elizabeth Crook is the author of two previous novels and has been published in anthologies and periodicals such as Texas Monthly and Southwestern Historical Quarterly. She has devoted most of the last decade to researching and writing this book.
- How important is it in our contemporary lives to feel a connection to the past or to have an understanding of our ancestors? Are the stories about your ancestors important to your own self-image?
Sumptuous, surprise-filled . . . The Night Journal is near perfect, a beautifully restrained epic with nary a wasted word. (Texas Monthly)
Crook has a clear gift for detail and dialogue. . . . [T]heres plenty to keep you engaged and engrossed in The Night Journal. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)