The Night Birds

By Thomas Maltman
(Soho Press, Paperback, 9781569475027, 372pp.)

Publication Date: May 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
“Set in 1870s Minnesota, this haunting, sometimes magical, story tells of life on the Great Plains and the relations with the Dakota Indians. Settlers and Indians are sympathetically portrayed, allowing the reader into the gray areas between right and wrong. I will recommend this to book clubs.”
-- Lisa Sharp, Nightbird Books, Fayetteville, AR


The intertwining story of three generations of German immigrants to the Midwest—their clashes with slaveholders, the Dakota uprising and its aftermath—is seen through the eyes of young Asa Senger, named for an uncle killed by an Indian friend. It is the unexpected appearance of Asa’s aunt Hazel, institutionalized since shortly after the mass hangings of thirty-eight Dakota warriors in Mankato in 1862, that reveals to him that the past is as close as his own heartbeat. 

About the Author
Thomas Maltman s essays, poetry, and fiction have been published in many literary journals. He has an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and lives in the Twin Cities area. His first novel, "The Night Birds", won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. In 2009 the American Library Association chose "The Night Birds" as an Outstanding Book for the College Bound.
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