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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (620 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Crook Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Meg Mabry has spent her life with her back turned to her legendary family legacy. In the 1890s her great-grandmother Hannah Bass composed starkly revealing diaries of her life on the southwestern frontier, first as a Harvey Girl at the glamorous Montezuma Resort in New Mexico and later as the wife of brilliant, and often-absent, railway engineer Eliott Bass. A generation later, Hannah's daughter, Claudia Bass, renowned historian known to all as Bassie, staked her academic career and reputation on these vibrant accounts, editing and publishing them to great acclaim. Thanks to the journals and to the industry Bassie created around them, Hannah would forever be one of the most romantic and famous figures of southwestern history.

Meg, however, Bassie's granddaughter, finds the family lore oppressive. When an excavation on the old Bass family property beckons a now-elderly and viper-tongued Bassie back to the fabled land of her childhood, Meg only grudgingly consents to accompany her. Determined not to live under the shadow of her ancestry, Meg has never even read the journals. But when an unexpected discovery casts doubt on the history recorded in their pages and harbored in Bassie's memories, Meg finally succumbs to the allure of her great grandmother's story and ventures even deeper into Hannah's life to unlock the mystery at the journal's core.

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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/14/2014

    " Crook details an interesting history of the "Harvey Girls" who weren't sent to small western towns to serve meals to train passangers in resturants called Harvey Houses. An interesting story of family history and how some truths are worth searching for, even if they change our perceptions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tricia | 2/3/2014

    " Another slow starting book, but ended up being a really good story. The book is actually two stories intertwined into one and very well done. I enjoy the historical lessons of New Mexico in the late 1800's and the guessing game played with the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mabeo | 1/27/2014

    " I bought this book at a library book sale and it was pretty good. Kind of one of those easy books you pick up for a trip or an airplane ride. It was about a family in early 1900s out west. The plot includes some parts of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, not a pretty time in Mormon History but I didn't object to the way they included it. I don't know all the history there but it seems like they got most of it right. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Samaire | 1/24/2014

    " I like the premise of the novel, but I'm not so sure about the execution. Written in both journal form and traditional modern novel, Meg travels to New Mexico with her grandmother on what appears to be a first glance is a pointless trip to retrieve dog bones. The trip then turns into a quest to find the truth behind her great grandmother's very public and published life. Meg finds the answers, often at great cost with very little reward. I think the author wanted to convey the importance of facing one's past and one's family's past, but was unsuccessful in the attempt. I cannot see what was gained through Meg's knowledge except more pain. The story line was hard to get into, but kept me intrigued enough to finish and that's about it. "

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