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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (481 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frederick Reiken Narrator: Laural Merlington, George K. Wilson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“If you look hard enough into the history of anything, you will discover things that seem to be connected but are not.” So claims a character in Frederick Reiken’s wonderful, surprising novel, which seems, in fact, to be determined to prove just the opposite. How else to explain the threads that link a middle-aged woman on vacation in Florida with a rock and roll singer visiting her comatose brother in Utah, where he’s been transported after a motorcycle injury in Israel, where he works with a man whose long-lost mother, in a retirement community in New Jersey, recognizes him in a televised report about an Israeli-Palestinian skirmish? And that’s not the half of it.

In Day for Night, critically acclaimed writer Reiken spins an unlikely and yet utterly convincing story about people lost and found. They are all refugees from their own lives or history’s cruelties, yet they wind up linked to each other in compelling and unpredictable ways that will keep you guessing until the very end.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bonnie | 2/6/2014

    " I was fascinated by all of the underwater imagery here since I felt like I was diving as I read. Just as when I dive everything seemed slowed down, contained, intimate, I was conscious of my breath, the humming of machinery (in my own home, but somehow also in the places the charcters inhabited.) To be able to create this feeling with language ... wow! Beyond the craft though, this story is wonderful, complicated, layered. Does time change everything, or does it change nothing? Are bonds ephemeral or inviolable? What is love, and does it matter more or less than duty. Is anything objectively right? Somehow the book does not lend itself to grey answers, but it is impossible to settle on the black or the white option -- as if every important thing about being a human being is a paradox. I will be thinking about this book for a very long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patricia | 2/2/2014

    " I was prepared by a reviewer to wait for the connections between the characters to be revealed, so I stuck with reading 'Day for Night." But it is not at all one of my favorite books. The characters seemed to be under water or surrounded by a heat mirage that prevented me from knowing them. Hence, I din't like or dislike or understand any of them. In addition, the connections between the characters were unbelievable and contrived. But, it was an interesting and unusual way to present a story and for that reason alone I gave it three stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debbie | 1/12/2014

    " Oh so odd. Can't figure it out or understand it very well; but I'm plodding through. I think I like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/6/2014

    " If you like books with great character formation, complex and somewhat mystical storylines and a approach to fiction that is profoundly believable and surreal all at the same time - read this. Really good read. "

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About the Author
Author Frederick Reiken

Frederick Reiken is the award-winning author of the novels The Odd Sea and The Lost Legends of New Jersey. His short stories have been published in the New Yorker, and his essays appear in the anthology Living on the Edge of the World. He has worked as a reporter and columnist and is currently a member of the writing faculty at Emerson College.