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Night Watch - Winner of the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Night Watch - Winner of the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

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Winner of the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Author: Jayne Anne Phillips

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Published on 25th January 2024 by Little, Brown Book Group (Fleet) in the United Kingdom.

Hardback | 304 pages
162mm x 242mm x 29mm | 532g

 

'Breathtaking in both its scope and intensity' TAYARI JONES'

Shatteringly particular and audaciously universal' ALICE RANDALL

'Gorgeous prose, attention to detail and masterful characters. Haunting storytelling and a refreshing look at history' KIRKUS, STARRED REVIEW

From one of our most accomplished novelists, a mesmerizing story about a mother and daughter seeking refuge in a mental asylum in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War.

In 1874, in the wake of the war, trauma haunts civilians and veterans, renegades and wanderers, freedmen and runaways. Twelve-year-old ConaLee and her mother, Eliza, who hasn't spoken in more than a year, arrive at the Trans-Allegh­eny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia, delivered to the hospital's entrance by a war vet­eran who has forced himself into their lives. There, far from family, a beloved neighbour, and the mountain home they knew, they try to reclaim their lives.

The twin horrors of war and race rise to the surface as we learn their history: their flight to the highest mountain ridges of western Virginia; the disappearance of ConaLee's father, who left for the war and never returned. Meanwhile in the asylum, they begin to find a new path. ConaLee pretends to be her mother's maid; Eliza responds slowly to treatment. They get swept up in the life of the facility - the mystery behind the man they call the Night Watch; the child called Weed; the fearsome woman who runs the kitchen; the remarkable doctor at the head of the institution.

Epic, enthralling and meticulously crafted, Night Watch is a brilliant portrait of family endurance against all odds and a stunning chronicle of surviving war and its aftermath.

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