The Night Journal

By Elizabeth Crook
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143038573, 454pp.)

Publication Date: February 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.

About the Author
Elizabeth Crook's novel "The Night Journal" won a Spur Award from Western Writers of America and a WILLA Literary Award from Women Writing the West. She has written for magazines and periodicals, including "Texas Monthly" and the "Southwestern Historical Quarterly". She lives in Austin with her family.

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