Waiting for the Night Song is a genre-breaking work—literary fiction blended with suspense, racial issues, and climate change. The protagonist, Cadie Kessler, is an entomologist studying beetles and how they kill trees, which in turn, because of the increase in fuel, sets up forest fires.
Cadie and Daniela live on the shores of a New Hampshire lake—until a catastrophic incident occurs when Cadie is eleven destroys their friendship. Decades later Daniela calls Cadie to tell her their long-held childhood secrets are about to surface with dire consequences Daniela’s family and other people.
The prose is lyrical and the descriptions of nature, of the New Hampshire woods so vibrant you can almost hear the night call of the birds, taste the fresh water of the lake, feel the cushion of fallen leaves beneath your feet . If you’re a nature fan, you might want to read this in conjunction with several other recent reads with superb depictions of nature: The Wild Birds by Emily Strelow, Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard, In a Town Called Paradox by Miriam Murcutt, or Wild Life by Keena Roberts.
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Waiting for the Night Song Audio CD – Unabridged, 12 January 2021
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- Publisher : MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (12 January 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1250789788
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250789785
- Dimensions : 2.54 x 2.54 x 2.54 cm
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"Julie Carrick Dalton's deftly constructed, urgent yet slow-burning debut novel reads like a warning from the frontlines of our rapidly deteriorating natural world." --Omar El Akkad, American War"Both a timely and timeless literary mystery, Waiting for the Night Song is as seductive as it is smart, blending the allure of Julie Dalton's beloved rural New Hampshire setting with the dark undercurrents of a community's racial divisions and betrayals. This is a story of love, of home, of friendship and family, of a childhood's innocence and an adult's comeuppance, all of which are in the line of fire in this beauty of a page turner." --Michelle Hoover, award-winning author of Bottomland and The Quickening. "Waiting for the Night Song is a beautiful book that is also a hell of a read. Complex characters, unforgettable setting, taut storyline, big ideas." --Ashley Shelby, author of South Pole Station "Smart and searingly passionate, Dalton's absorbing mystery debut explores many timely issues including global warming, female friendships, childhood secrets, and the lengths we take to protect them -- Waiting For The Night Song is an illuminating snapshot of nature, betrayal and sacrifices set in the evocative New Hampshire wilderness." --Kim Michele Richardson, award-winning author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
About the Author
As a journalist, JULIE CARRICK DALTON has published more than a thousand articles in The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, The Hollywood Reporter, and other publications. She contributes to DeadDarlings, The Writer Unboxed, and GrubStreet's writer's blogs. She also owns and operates a small farm in rural New Hampshire, the backdrop for Waiting for the Night Song, her debut.
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The prose is lyrical and the descriptions of nature, of the New Hampshire woods vibrantReviewed in the United States on 16 January 2021
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Beautifully written, moving, and important debut novelReviewed in the United States on 16 January 2021
I was so excited to get my hands on Julie Carrick Dalton's stunning debut. This is a wonderful novel with a powerful story, great characters, and genuine heart. Focused on two childhood friends and a dangerous secret they guard, the novels skillfully weaves together the narrative of their idyllic but shattered childhood and a present day struggle to save the New Hampshire forest they both love. The book has deep feeling for the natural world and asks vital questions about what needs to be done to save it. Julie Carrick Dalton is an impressive talent and beautiful prose stylist. I love this book and recommend it highly to everyone.
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No. Just No. DON’T waste your timeReviewed in the United States on 24 February 2021
Oh wow. This book does not stop and is ALL over the place. I don’t think there was one topic not covered in this book, which made it completely overwritten. Let’s see (none in any particular order and spoiler alert).... we had a murder. A coverup. A robbery. Child abuse. A whole lesson in fires. Tons of secrets. Immigration issues. Fighting the government. Bar fights. Girl returns to her hometown. Girl loves boy. Racism. A lesson in birds. A dog died. A bear died. People died. I could go on and on because literally that was this book. It just went on and on and on. Do yourself a favor and skip it.
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Very Good ReadReviewed in the United States on 20 February 2021
This was my first read from the climate fiction genre and although I am conscious of climate changes and support the need to protect our environment, I am not a climate activist. I learned a lot about the environment and how it all connects. I also really liked the characters and how they are shown to the reader. The subplot (or competing plot depending on how it is experienced) of the immigration challenges and the mystery of how accountability for Juan's death would unravel is a bit much but not too tiring. Actually, it helped to move the novel forward and kept my interest. Dalton's strength though is in the writing about nature and climate science. She exquisitely paints scenes with such vivid detail that you are standing right there. She also obviously knows the science behind the climate crisis and guides the reader through the character Cadie to why it should matter to you as well.
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Riveting!Reviewed in the United States on 3 February 2021
A very compelling and thought provoking story, rich in the details of nature and complicated characters that draw you in and won’t let you go.
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