Friday, July 2, 2010

Random Shelf Talker

Day For Night by Frederick Reiken

After I finished reading this novel, I heard someone describe the 10 chapters in the book as 10 short stories. Thinking about it that way after I had finished added another layer to this already wonderfully layered, complex, dreamlike novel.

Each chapter brings the reader to a new place, with a new character, and it is the reader's job to decipher what is important, what must carry over, what symbols to hold on to, which characters to listen to. It's a more complex way to read a book, but ultimately, so much more satisfying than a normal read.

Great writing, full characters, and a story with emotional heft. This compelling and fascinating novel will keep you guessing until the last page.

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