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Night Must Wait Paperback – November 5, 2012
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About the Author
Robin started writing with a fully illustrated manuscript on 'Chickens and their Diseases' as a second grader in Nigeria. In 1967 she and her family were evacuated as the Nigerian Civil War began.
As a child she lived in a number of places beginning with 'N'--Nebraska, Nigeria, New Hampshire and New York. Now living in California, she has no intention of going back. She has published short stories under the name Robin Tiffney.
Her other career centers on oil painting--both landscape and figure. Her husband, a paleobotanist, corrects the science in both her paintings and her writings, and has acquired considerable skill in ducking flying objects. They have a teenage daughter who also loves to write, and three cats that don't.
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Along with the four protagonists, I have two favorites, I became intrigued by a charismatic man of dubious reputation named Oroko, and by certain hired guns, charmers called Mercs.
I've learned that the author, Robin Winter, spent many years as a young girl in Nigeria, so the setting and background ring true. I'm about to read the novel a second time, to make sure I missed nothing,
In taunt prose that never strays from the story, Night Must Wait is a remarkable and entertaining first novel. Robin Winter immerses the reader in the falling colonial world of Nigeria where one of the four friends will betray the others with fatal results. Winter's prose paints an elaborate landscape of friendship, madness, and love. The story moves relentlessly forward to its startling conclusion. The only question left the reader: when does the next novel arrive?
Though quite dark and truthful about the horrors of war in Nigeria (and Biafra), there are still moments of grace and beauty that cling in your mind long after putting the book down.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with a historical interest, or even to someone who would like to read about how the power of friendship can change over time and the amazing characterizations Robin Winter brings. A beautiful and yet haunting novel. I'm so glad I got the chance to learn about it.
Ms Winter fashions two other characters that tear at you, Nigeria and Biafra. She takes you there, step by step. And I often felt that I couldn't escape. It gripped me and held on to me beyond the last page.
And her book left the desire to know what these women are up to today.
Bravo, Robin Winter
Winter creates a beautiful and violent landscape that is is both breathtaking and unforgiving. Ms. Winter also manages to keep you on the edge of your seat while you navigate Africa with these four interesting women on their dangerous adventures.
The prose is lovely and riveting. Winter's descriptive talents are stunning giving the reader the feeling of actually being in Africa. The voices of each individual women and their different personalities come through loud and clear. Even after you've finished the book, you will still be thinking about it. I will be watching closely for a second novel from this author.
I lived in Mali at the time and could not visit Nigeria because of the war, but did travel through Niger, Benin (then called Dahomey) and Togo. I saw enough and knew enough about the area to relate to much in Winter's book. I have great admiration for what she has accomplished with Night Must Wait.