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Reminiscent of Carol Shields' The Stone Diaries and the novels of Anita Shreve, The Night Journal is an enthralling tale in which Indian ruins, majestic desert hotels, and the hardship and boldness of frontier life fit seamlessly with a modern-day story of coming to terms with loss, family secrets, and shattering truths that lie shrouded in memory.
"Warmly drawn....A multilayered narrative of impressive historical perspicacity, enriched by the author's loving attention to character." (Kirkus Reviews)
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By KATHERINE on 09-02-13
INTERESTING HISTORICALLY, BUT NEEDS EDITING
Would you listen to Night Journal again? Why?
NO, It was rather drawn out and could have been told in half the time.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Didn't think there was sufficient character development to love or hate the characters.
What about Kimberly Farr’s performance did you like?
Who was the most memorable character of Night Journal and why?
Hannah...the other characters were frustratingly inept in their development.
Any additional comments?
The historical facts surrounding this novel were extremely interesting as well as the description of life as it was in the late 1800's.
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By Mimi on 02-01-18
I really wanted to love it
I have two friends who swore this is the best book they've ever read, so I listened to all 18+ hours.
I found it plodding and repetitious and the bickering between the main characters was tiring. Enough already!
I made myself listen to the end so I could tell my friends I really did read it. In the end, the "mystery" ending was so predictable, I was annoyed with myself for hanging in there.
As a long time resident of New Mexico, I was disappointed in the historic value of this book. It's probably great if you're not from New Mexico but if you're looking for more, I'd caution you.