Molly, a sassy Australian waitress, is haunted by the ghost of a murdered Polish Jew. The two young women's stories, each a compelling page-turner, combine teasingly in one as End of the Night Girl explores shadows cast by the Holocaust across decades, continents and cultures. 'A brilliant testimonial to the power of the literary imagination.' - Nicholas Jose 'Clothed in prose that sparks and simmers, End of the Night Girl slowly reveals her dark and beautiful bones.' - Carol Lefevre 'Amy Matthews' world of gritty realism is foreshadowed by an older, more traditional society about to be invaded by chaos and horror. One cannot help admiring Matthews' accuracy of observation and her subtle placement of emotion in the uncovering of these parallel universes through the coalescence of memory and imagination. This is a remarkable novel of contemporary rootlessness, haunted histories and redemptive decency.' - Brian Castro 'Can atrocity be changed somehow in art? This book cannot answer this, but it powerfully suggests that the creative act is meaningful even when atrocity is too big for us to mould it.
As Molly attempts to imagine and create from an atrocity she hasn't shared, she herself is remade.' - Eva Hornung Winner of the Adelaide Festival Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript
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(210mm x 135mm x mm)
Publisher: Wakefield Press
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Book Review: End of the Night Girl by Amy T. Matthews - Reviewed by sudy01 (28 Jun 2011)
I found this to be a confusing book. There were a number of seemingly unconnected characters who seemed to take a long time to become connected and therefore part of a story. The story takes place in two very different time frames and situations which makes for an interesting read to say the least.
There is a theme of wartime Jews and the atrocities which were inflicted on them, running parallel with the ordinary, down to earth life of a young woman in any city. These situations actually are both quite interesting in their own right, but I found them to be a huge conflict when running together.
None of the characters in this book were real enough for me to feel that I could identify with them or their situations and I found myself looking to see how much further until I was finished the book.
This is not a book that I enjoyed but I am sure that there are many people who will enjoy it greatly. That, to me, is the magic and beauty of books that they are able to connect in some way with so many people and to encourage thought and conversation.