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In the Night Season: A Novel Paperback – May 19, 1999
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Nora Michaelson and her eleven-year-old son; Jason, are going through a difficult adjustment to life after the accidental death of Jason's father, at a time when the family's small business was failing. The loss of Jack Michaelson has left his wife and son nearly destitute. It has also placed their lives in jeopardy. This is a story of terror, and resourcefulness in the face of terror, from a master storyteller.
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The book is well written with solid characters, but for me it never really got off the ground. I read it because it was on a reading list of an author I like so I gave it a shot. In the final analysis I think this a book I might recommend to writers more than the average reader as there are some things that Bausch does that, as a writer, are worth paying attention to.
This was like seeing a movie that had you on the edge of your seat the whole time. I plan to read lots more by this author.
One of the first characters that we meet, who is sketched out fairly well, leaves the novel before page 40. From that point on, the protagonist could be one of two or three people.
The plot revolves around the search for missing items. The reader is forced though pages of dialog where the antagonist(s) dance around the obvious question, "Where are the <missing items>?" Several obstacles are resolved too easily by the climax where a well-drawn villain is overpowered in an unbelievable way. This climax is followed by a lengthy denouement which doesn't serve much purpose.
A young boy considers his mother's "fastidious way," a simple sheriff contrives the phrase "vaginal aggrandizement" and two characters "sham! ble" at different times during the course of events.