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The Night Journal
by Elizabeth Crook

Published: 2007-01-19
Paperback : 464 pages
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A mesmerizing novel of four generations of Southwestern women bound to a mythical legacy

With its family secrets and hallowed texts containing explosive truths, The Night Journal suggests A. S. Byatt's Possession transplanted to the raw and beautiful landscape of the American Southwest. ...

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(A mesmerizing novel of four generations of Southwestern women bound to a mythical legacy

With its family secrets and hallowed texts containing explosive truths, The Night Journal suggests A. S. Byatt's Possession transplanted to the raw and beautiful landscape of the American Southwest. Meg Mabry has spent her life oppressed by her family's legacy—a heritage beginning with the journals written by her great-grandmother in the 1890s and solidified by her grandmother Bassie, a famous historian who published them to great acclaim. Until now, Meg has stubbornly refused to read the journals. But when she concedes to accompany the elderly and vipertongued Bassie on a return trip to the fabled land of her childhood in New Mexico, Meg finally succumbs to the allure of her great-grandmother's story—and soon everything she believed about her family is turned upside down.

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by tweetster (see profile) 04/30/09
A historical novel that dealvs into the past of one woman and her grandmother that she lives with and takes care of. It helps them to all understand where they came from and why their lives have evolved to what it is today. I suggest book highly.

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  "The Night Journal"by tweetster (see profile) 04/30/09

I love looking into my past history and my ancestors history to find out where I came from so this book was very interesting to me. I didn't like Bassie at first but toward the end I could see one of the... (read more)

 
  "Although I didn't much care for this book, it generated a lively, enjoyable discussion."by scribread (see profile) 11/15/07

This interesting story plot was presented with excessive detail and repetition of emotional histories. If I had to read this book again, I would skim the first half and read the second half. The story... (read more)

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