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Nights Below Station Street Paperback – September 1, 2009

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Praise for Nights Below Station Street:

“David Adams Richards has illuminated the human struggle for love and belonging.…”
Maclean’s

“Richards depicts his characters with such searing fidelity that we are forced to marvel at his talent.”
Globe and Mail

“An exploration of the nature of love and the process of redemption.…”
Ottawa Citizen

“A warning label should be attached to every copy: You’ll hate for this book to end.”
Halifax Daily News


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David Adams Richards' Governor General's Award-winning novel is a powerful tale of resignation and struggle, fierce loyalties and compassion. This book is the first in Richards' acclaimed Miramichi trilogy. Set in a small mill town in northern New Brunswick, it draws us into the lives of a community of people who live there, including: Joe Walsh, isolated and strong in the face of a drinking problem; his wife, Rita, willing to believe the best about people; and their teenage daughter Adele, whose nature is rebellious and wise, and whose love for her father wars with her desire for independence. Richards' unforgettable characters are linked together in conflict, and in articulate love and understanding. Their plight as human beings is one we share.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Emblem Editions (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771076274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771076275
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,896,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Charlotte Vale-Allen VINE VOICE on July 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
What I recognize in my second adventure into this author's work is a particular truth--which is that (at least in my Canadian experience) poor communities have a singular commonality. There is a language, both spoken and experiential, about being poor that transcends its environment. In Richards' books, poor in Toronto sounds and feels a lot like poor in New Brunswick. While the physical aspects are very different, the population isn't. And there was something so familiar about some of the characters that I felt as if I'd known them in my childhood.
Poor angry, alienated to the point of sickness Adele; her mother, lovely, determined Rita, making the best of her marriage to alcoholic Joe--who just may be one of the most perfectly rendered characters I've ever encountered. One cannot help but love and feel for Joe, battling his demons and temptations that all reside within bottles; stammering, powerful Joe with his big body and battered, but still functioning heart; Joe the unlikeliest of heroes.
There is such a cast of characters in this book; they have their hopes and miseries and they all intersect at one point or another as time eases away unnoticed and fate makes itself felt in every way in the hushed, shattering beauty of a blizzard.
David Adams Richards is the consummate observer, translating his visions into quiet, apparently effortless prose; placing people before us in all their flawed splendor so that we might view the human condition and reflect upon our similarities and differences.
My highest recommendation.
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By JayCrow on September 18, 2010
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I found the book well written with believable characters. A bit darker than I was expecting but with elements of redemption
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Format: Paperback
The book doesn't have a THEME or a STORY LINE.. it goes on about human struggle in relationships (people seeking belonging).

If you're looking for a book with action and a story line (i.e. someone goes to war and returns, and so on) this book isn't for you.

Again, this book depicts human struggles in relationships; we find in-depth description about the characters in the novel and some of the things that go on. The structure of the novel is much like a memoir; meaning the story goes back and forth and jumps from "one topic to the other".

Hopefully this thread didn't confuse you and simply made it easier to pick the right book.
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Format: Hardcover
You will get to know some members of a small mining town in New Brunswick, all struggling to figure themselves out, find love, and place themselves in a difficult world.
I had some trouble getting used to his unique style of writing - David Adams Richards writes as if observing his characters and describing their actions and thoughts as if he's from another land altogether. This was very distracting for me, and tended to take away my flow of reading. On the other hand, it was also challenging, in that it made me think about the characters and what their words and actions meant.
The last 20-30 pages are by far the best of the entire novel and well worth the read.
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