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Something stole into her as she walked in the dark, a dream she'd had long ago. The air was so black she was unable to see her arms, it was a warm summer night. Above her she could make out the dark line of the tops of spruce trees and a sky lit with stars. She felt the warm tar through the soles of her shoes. The boy beside her took her hand.In the porous world between conscious and unconscious the protagonist of Evening revisits the great passions of her life, along with its considerable disappointments. The boy in the dark remains the fixed point--not so much because he is the most important man in her life, but because of the untapped possibilities he represents. Meanwhile, friends and relations come to sit by Ann Lord's side as she veers between clarity and feverish recollection.
In her third novel, Susan Minot takes some new risks--her narrative spanning seven decades of memory and her style ranging from Stegneresque particularity to the exquisite abstraction Virginia Woolf perfected in To the Lighthouse. Equal parts memory and desire, fiction and poetry, Evening is a seductive story made more so by the measured pace of details emerging, one by one, like stars. --Cristina Del Sesto --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I bought this because I like the movie and wanted to get some more background on the characters. But I was not impressed. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Ella Lopez
This was my book club selection last month and I really liked it. It made for some interesting discussion among the group members aprticularly across generations.Published 5 months ago by Robin
Susan Minot's writing is graceful, and her attempt at capturing the mindset of someone transitioning out of this life is moving. Read morePublished 10 months ago by L. Lodovi
As Ann Lord lies on her deathbed, her daughter delivers a balsam pillow from the attic. Read more
A magnificent story which I found made me look back on my life constantly while reading it. I love books that will make you think and add a dimension that you have not considered... Read morePublished 15 months ago by mareander mare'
Interesting. I wonder if that's how any of us will feel when we are suffering a lingering death? Maybe this is from the horses mouth!Published 17 months ago by Kathryn J. Byerly
I didn't particularly enjoy this book. While the writing style was somewhat unique, in the sense that it was not very coherent (it's not supposed to be since it's the ramblings of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by em04
This was one of the better books I have read in awhile. I had a hard time putting it down even though it wasn't a fast mover by any means. It was sad and nostalgic. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ginger D
In 1955 Ann Grant attends the wedding of her best friend in Maine. During that fateful weekend she falls in love with a young doctor from Chicago. Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by Marion Marchetto, author of The Bridgewater Chronicles