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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.
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.
In Waiting for the Night Song, Julie Carrick Dalton has created a memorable character in Cadence Kessler, the feisty, indomitable heroine of this beautifully written story of forgiveness and love. I flew through the book, each chapter enticing the reader with what is to be revealed. Highly recommended!
This book illustrates how a work of fiction can entertain and educate at the same time. I’ve been very “climate conscious” for many years, if for no other reason than that I have children and maybe one day grandchildren who will inherit this mess. I get as vested in the human characters lives as I do in the settings of WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG.
Nature is real in this book. It speaks. It shows us her wounds. This is the story of a community; therefore, it fits that the Garcias immigration issues play an important role in the tales and spans decades between Cadie and Daniela. Their friendship is genuine because it’s not perfect.
At the end of the book, the author shows us how Daniela’s life was shaped by family secrets that she carried into all her relationships, including her childhood friendship with Cadie. Cadie had a generic childhood including her crush on Summer Boy Garrett, until she is thrust into his secrets, the Garcias’ Clyde’s and Juan’s murder. Even after putting great distance between herself and her childhood home, Cadie’s life is haunted by the many secrets she carried with her.
The book opens with what the main character wants and throughout Cadie fights to convince others of her findings, her fears, until disaster strikes.
My least favorite character is the Pine beetles, but even they have a place in our eco-system. We just need to find a balance so we can all exist on planet earth without destroying it and all living creatures along with it. The author’s passion is palpable through the pages of this book. Now I listen for the thrush’s night song.
Waiting for the Night Song is a deftly woven novel of friendships, youthful love, the plight of illegal immigrants, and small town life, up against the backdrop of murder and the threat of environmental collapse. It sounds like a lot but Dalton manages to stitch it all together into a rush of a book. I really enjoyed the characters, Cadie in particular. Every character has another side to their story and that made for a really rich telling. Absolutely loved it.
Author Julie Dalton wrote a masterful work of fiction with Waiting for Night Song. Caddie and Daniela are strong, complicated characters and the best of friends who must deal with a horrible secret. I loved the way Dalton wove in so many themes, including immigration issues, bigotry in our society, climate change and human flaws. It was many stories in one and it worked. It is both a suspense novel and a literary one. I recommend it highly!
I loved this book. Julie Dalton brilliantly developed the characters and this story of undying, heartfelt friendship will leave you remembering childhood friends, and life long friends. There is trust, secrets, betrayals and love all through this book! Thank you for such an amazing read!