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Midnight on Mourn Street: A Play in Two Acts

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Reed Waters keeps his small Washington, D.C. apartment tidy. In the morning he goes to his simple job and at night he heads straight home. Virtually his only real human contact comes through his friendship with a local boy, Will. Reed Waters is a quiet man. He has to be, because he is a man with secrets. One rain-drenched night a stranger steps into his life-Mauri Dyson, a ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Creative Guy Publishing (first published June 15th 2008)
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Autographed limited edition gift copy sent by author and Goodreads friend Christopher Conlon.

Reed is trying to distance himself from past trauma and find his way in life. Except that the past will not let him be. It literally arrives on his doorstep one night in the form of a hardened yet vulnerable teenage runaway named Mauri, who does what she has to in order to survive on the street. Will Bliss, a young black man trying to get into college and learn about classical music, has trouble fitting
David Bridges
This is the second book I've read by Conlon and this is the second book I've loved by Conlon. I don't know if I have read a story that simultaneously captures the worst of humanity and the beauty of it so clearly. The three main characters are so rich and complex. Conlon seems to have a knack for writing things to make you squirm with discomfort while wanting the best for his characters who've don't terrible things. We all make mistakes and how long should we suffer for them? That what I thought ...more
Peter Schwotzer
After reading Mr. Conlon's critically acclaimed "A Matrix Of Angels" and "Lullaby For The Rain Girl" I finally had a chance to read his debut novel "Midnight On Mourn Street". What I wasn't prepared for was the staggering power in his debut novel.

This is a story of two people and their separate journeys into darkness, pain and suffering, and how it molds and shapes them. Two people bound together by one horrific moment in time in the past that comes crashing back to haunt and forever change them
William M.
Christopher Conlon is my surprise discovery of the year and “Midnight On Mourn Street” is the best book I’ve read all year. Being Conlon’s first novel makes this accomplishment even more impressive. Conlon is well known in the poetry world and has some serious anthologies and tribute books under his belt (for Richard Matheson, etc.), but his fiction is top notch and really sets himself apart from nearly every other author working today. This is one of the finest debut novels I’ve ever read and I ...more
There are certain books that you read during your lifetime that carry a lot of weight to it that you remember those moments when you are reading it for the rest of your life. There are also certain books that move you more than most others. This was one of the books for me. I would dare say that this is near perfect if it isn't. For a book that packs in at only 220 pages this one feels like it is longer, but in a good way. I had to take my time with it, not because of lack of interest but becaus ...more
James Campbell
This was a short read on my Kobo, but very enjoyable. Christopher Conlon comes through again with another emotionally charged story of life's monsters. This short novel features only a few main characters and it was very interesting to see how their lives mingled amongst each other. Having previously read Lullaby for the Rain Girl, Conlon is one of my favourite authors without a doubt.

The events and twists that take place in this story are very real and life like, and could very well be playing
This is a really good novel that sucks you in and makes you read more to uncover the mystery. An underage runaway has shown up in D.C., looking for an old man, knowing he's not as kind as he acts. At the same time, the old man thinks he's normal but has a tormentuous memory that he can't quite bring to the surface. What keeps this book from being great is the rushed ending, so unbelievable it's pitiful.
If the two novels I’ve read written by Christopher Conlon, this one and "A Matrix of Angels," are any indication, he likes characters who had childhood experiences that have haunted them as adults. While not exactly the same, it appears from the description of Conlon’s book of poetry, "Starkweather Dreams," that it is told from the viewpoint of serial killer Charles Starkweather, and delves into the same psychological neighborhood.

If done right, this combination is the recipe for an intense, sat
Sheryl Stinchcum
The characters are real--and disturbing. Conlon excells at bringing characters to life--scars and all. He doesn't sugarcoat the characters or their circumstances. He makes the reader care about them and hope for a happy ending. I won't spoil the story by saying how this one ends--only that Conlon's stories are always full of surprises, from beginning to end.
I'm not sure how this book ended up on my to read list. It has no fantasy elements or anything similar. It's just a depressing drama set in the real world. Not my thing, but well written.
Kurt Newton
Dark, literate tale of the relationship between a middle-aged man and teen runaway, and the dangerous secrets each of them hold.
Intimate, powerful, emotionally compelling, startlingly unconventional. I will read this again.
Nick Cato
In a year full of GREAT debut novels, this is easily one of the best. Don't miss it.
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