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This Is the Night by [Sirott, Jonah C.]
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From the Editor

From the first lines of This Is the Night, I knew the writer had it. He had that rare innate writing skill that kept me reading. By the second chapter, I fluffed my pillows and prepared to stay up all night reading this genre-bending literary novel.

I need effortless writing and clear-as-day characters in my books. I look for writing that cuts right to the bone and language as precise as poetry. Jonah C. Sirott’s mesmerizing storytelling allowed me to imagine a country at war for twenty-five years, a place where everyone is painfully aware that time is ticking, because at age eighteen all men must report for duty. In This Is the Night, fighting is a way of life, and most people have long forgotten to question it. At the center of the novel is a love story between a young female war protester and a draft dodger who discovers that his fight against the regime has far greater consequences than he imagined.

The best speculative tales are gripping because they portray a parallel universe where life has gone awry. Human emotions and relationships are the same, but the rules of society are terribly twisted. That’s what I loved about this novel. Jonah’s memorable characters and their intricate, layered relationships are ultimately what drive this breathtaking novel to its fantastic, climactic ending.

- Carmen Johnson, Editor

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Editorial Reviews


“[A] gripping story told with haunting atmosphere and cathartic anger...[an] impressive debut.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Part parable, part thriller, and part love story, This Is the Night will keep you turning its pages until you reach its remarkable ending. Could our contemporary lives look and feel like this? Yes: they could and they do. Just start reading, and believe it.” —Charles Baxter, author of There’s Something I Want You to Do and Feast of Love

“A beautifully written, flashlight-under-the-bed page-turner, reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale and Never Let Me Go...a chilling novel that will stay with you.” —Michael David Lukas, author of The Oracle of Stamboul

“Sirott knows what William Gibson meant when he said, ‘The future is already here—it’s just not evenly distributed.’ Put another way: This Is the Night is so right it’s a little scary. I couldn’t put the damn thing down.” —Justin Taylor, author of Flings

About the Author

Jonah C. Sirott, a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s MFA program, grew up in Berkeley, California. He lives in San Francisco.

Product details

  • File Size: 2433 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Little A (November 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VSF8MH4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,678 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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