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Nocturnal America

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, this collection of tales returns readers to the American Northwest so deftly observed and powerfully evoked in John Keeble’s previous works. Nocturnal America occupies a terrain at once familiar and strange, where homecoming and dislocation can coincide, and families can break apart or hone themselves on the hard edges ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 2006)
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Barbara Richardson
Nov 07, 2013 Barbara Richardson rated it it was amazing
A brilliant book of short stories, with just the right swing of dark and light, and a fierce intelligence behind them. "The Fishers" has deep insights into bereavement. The climax of "Nocturnal America," also a story about a journey of bereavement, is perfection. Both stories are about women. Keeble gets inside his characters and delivers a set of Eastern Washington vignettes focused on people tied to their particular bioregion. Their stories intertwine, yet mysteries remain mysteries, ...more
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Jun 21, 2015 Rob Reed rated it it was amazing
There are simply no clunkers in this collection. Spent a week enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the Pacific Northwest that are in these pages. The characters could be people I know or knew or have known since adolescence. Keeble has a way of describing people on the fringe, both light and dark, that is very real and interesting.
Jul 02, 2011 Dani added it
Great Northwest writer - most of these tales are from Eastern Washington, about five miles from my house, no less. Great stories, interwoven but not too tightly. Keeble should write more often - his books are too few and far between.
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Zeta's House is one of the best short stories I've ever come across. Every story is a keeper. Freeing the Apes is a quality example of a tight, concise novella. Take a week to really enjoy it.
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