From the author of "The Light of Falling Stars" and "The Funnies", this is a story about a man who reluctantly accepts his birthright in a sheep-ranching family torn apart by tragedy.
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(197mm x 130mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Granta Books
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UK Kirkus Review »
Award-winning novelist Lennon's follow-up to The Funnies also centres on the dysfunctional relationships within one family in this case the Persons, who struggle to raise sheep on a ranch on the Great Plains. One after another they try to escape from the Plains, but none of them succeeds; each is drawn inexorably back, as though the landscape itself has them on a leash. Blighted by tragedy, Icelandic immigrant Asta succeeds in keeping her favourite son Grant out of World War II, only to lose him to an Atlantic fishing boat. When her death and his father's mysterious disappearance pull Grant back to the family ranch, he finds a failing business and forges a troubled alliance with his only surviving brother, the self-absorbed and vindictive Max. He's also being stalked by a dead man a ghost that haunts the interstices between sleep and consciousness and whose identity remains a mystery until the novel's terrifying climax. Beautifully written and realized, the novel is also a love story; between the solitary Grant and his brother's girl, the lonely Sophia; between undiscovered artist Max and the indifferently cruel landscape that gives him life. In part a family saga, in part a psychological study, On the Night Plain is also an elegy for a pioneering way of life that all too often ended in disappointment and disaster. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - J. Robert Lennon
J. Robert Lennon lives in New York State. He was awarded the 1997 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.