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That Night (1987) [Novel]
by Alice McDermott Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Rick and Sheryl are high school sweethearts abruptly separated by Sheryl's mother when she discovers her daughter is pregnant. Their story is narrated by a neighbor of Sheryl's who, as a child, watched the progress of Rick and Sheryl's romance with admiring fascination. As she describes her indelible memories of that night, when Rick came to rescue Sheryl from the prison of her house, she creates a wry, bitterseet elegy for young love, that most intense and unalloyed of human relationships.

Original title: That Night
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTies That Bind
FictionGeneral FictionYouth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)

Edition #1: That Night

That Night (1987)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "That Night gloriously rejects the notion that this betrayed and bankrupt world can be rendered only in the spare, impersonal prose that has become the standard of so much contemporary fiction, and the result is a slim novel of almost 19th-century richness, a novel that celebrates the life of its suburban world at the same moment that it mourns that world's failures and disappointments." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Out of suburban violence and a sense of loss by separation, McDermott has wrought a miracle, one that is enhanced even more in its telling. Her feat is remarkable." Chicago Tribune
  • "By mixing up concrete details that anchor her story in a specific time and place with a more lyrical sense of memory and desire, Ms. McDermott has succeeded in writing a novel that possesses the ability to make us remember our own youth and all that has vanished since." The New York Times
  • "That Night is voiced with musical economy...McDermott has balanced her book finely between the truth and the sadness of reality." Los Angeles Times
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Manifested in:

That Night (January 1999)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Dial Press
ISBN: 9780385333306
Dimensions: 5.25 x 7.96 x .56 in
Pages: 208

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