- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone (May 2, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501157787
- ISBN-13: 978-1501157783
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In the opening pages of Laura McBride’s new novel, June Stein dives off the Haverstraw Bridge and straight into the reader’s imagination. I love how June, and the vivid, complicated women around her, often fail to act in their own best interests while they still win our affection and admiration. And I love how McBride brings to life the fast-changing city of Las Vegas through their intertwined stories. ‘Round Midnight is a passionate, gripping and beautifully written novel." (Margot Livesey, author of Mercury)
"Laura McBride reminds us of the invisible threads that bind us together as she weaves the stories of four very different women into a haunting tale of love, loss, and the power to endure. A compelling, transporting, and deeply wise novel. I was enthralled from the first page. Laura McBride is a stunning storyteller." (Patry Francis, author of The Orphans of Race Point)
"I’m not one to pull out the term “Great American Novel,” but Laura McBride’s sublime ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT demands nothing less. Gorgeous, engrossing, moving, and at times wickedly funny, this brilliant novel pulled me in and didn’t let me go until the shattering final sentence. This is the novel you need to read right now." (Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year and A Fortunate Age)
"[A] jewel of a novel. Haunting and unpredictable, ’Round Midnight is the beautifully told story of how fates intertwine in ways we can’t plan." (BookPage)
"A dangerous romance and a captivating character make "Round Midnight memorable...illuminating...thrilling...heartbreaking...You'll fall in love." (Dallas Morning News)
"When Laura McBride starts a novel, her characters lead the way as she writes." (The Denver Post)
"It's not often that a work of literature is able to move its readers to slow down and savor its signifigance, coaxing them into prying open its complexities one by one with a sense of wonder and anticipation. Equal parts intricate and graceful, 'Round Midnight accomplishes just this." (The Daily Californian)
"Redemption in doing the right thing, the solace of accepting fate, perhaps, echoes through 'Round Midnight. McBride crafts passages of sterling imagery and diction....Mostly, though, she tells an honest Las Vegas tale about life and fate, with characters, not caricatures." (Desert Companion)
"A beautiful novel about families and love and complications of human relations....Superb." (The Batavia Daily News)
"Through outstanding character development and beautifully crafted storytelling, McBride uses the stories of four seemingly insignificant women to weave her tale into the readers' heartstrings." (Deseret News)
About the Author
Laura McBride lives in Las Vegas and teaches composition at the College of Southern Nevada. She is the author of the novels We Are Called to Rise and In the Midnight Room.
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The Las Vegas for June, Honorata, Engracia, and Coral is much different. It is less of a bright lights, big city. There is a constant hunt for who they are, soul searching, hiding, protecting the past but hoping to change the future, and looking for love, the kind of love that is forever.
McBride tells such heartwarming tales but they are not without great sadness. There is a lesson to be learned with every mistake.
‘ROUND MIDNIGHT was clearly framed with the same gift that the author created her previous novel with – the talent to draw you in with a hypnotizing narrative, characters who you can’t let go of, but eventually you must, so that they can reveal their grief along with a time to rejoice.
McBride hints at the possibility of another book in the works. I will be waiting anxiously.
Honorata comes into June’s casino and hits the mega jackpot. It’s her opportunity to escape the overbearing man she has been living with. But she’s pregnant and like June she gives birth to a little girl.
Coral grows up knowing she does not belong in the loving family who raised her. She works as a music teacher searches for her birth mother.
Like Honorata, Engracia is an immigrant. While Honorata came from the Philippines, Engracia is from Mexico. Her husband has been arrested and deported. Her son died after a skateboarding accident.
This is the story of how these four women came together and how they helped each other. Laura McBride is a wonderful novelist. She knows how to share very human experiences. Both her first book, “We Are Called To Rise,” and this one are wonderful reads. She is highly recommended.