Late Nights on Air

Front Cover
Counterpoint Press, May 1, 2009 - FICTION - 363 pages
33 Reviews
The eagerly anticipated novel from the bestselling author of A Student of Weather and Garbo Laughs.
Harry Boyd, a hard-bitten refugee from failure in Toronto television, has returned to a small radio station in the Canadian North. There, in Yellowknife, in the summer of 1975, he falls in love with a voice on air, though the real woman, Dido Paris, is both a surprise and even more than he imagined.
Dido and Harry are part of the cast of eccentric, utterly loveable characters, all transplants from elsewhere, who form an unlikely group at the station. Their loves and longings, their rivalries and entanglements, the stories of their pasts and what brought each of them to the North, form the centre. One summer, on a canoe trip four of them make into the Arctic wilderness (following in the steps of the legendary Englishman John Hornby, who, along with his small party, starved to death in the barrens in 1927), they find the balance of love shifting, much as the balance of power in the North is being changed by the proposed Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline, which threatens to displace Native people from their land.
Elizabeth Hay has been compared to Annie Proulx, Alice Hoffman, and Isabel Allende, yet she is uniquely herself. With unforgettable characters, vividly evoked settings, in this new novel, Hay brings to bear her skewering intelligence into the frailties of the human heart and her ability to tell a spellbinding story. Written in gorgeous prose, laced with dark humour, Late Nights on Air is Hay's most seductive and accomplished novel yet, and is already garnering interest abroad.
"On the shortest night of the year, a golden evening without end, Dido climbed the wooden stepsto Pilot's Monument on top of the great Rock that formed the heart of old Yellowknife. In the Netherlands the light was long and gradual too, but more meadowy, more watery, or else hazier, depending on where you were. . . . Here, it was subarctic desert, virtually unpopulated, and the light was uniformly clear.
On the road below, a small man in a black beret was bending over his tripod just as her father used to bend over his tape recorder. Her father's voice had become the wallpaper inside her skull, he'd made a home for himself there as improvised and unexpected as these little houses on the side of the Rock -- houses with histories of instability, of changing from gambling den to barber shop to sheet metal shop to private home, and of being moved from one part of town to another since they had no foundations."
--"From Late Nights On Air"

"From the Hardcover edition."

  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
10
4 stars
11
3 stars
5
2 stars
5
1 star
2

elizabeth hay is an amazing writer. - Goodreads
There appears to be no story, no plot. - Goodreads
... seriously beautiful with her prose. - Goodreads
I must say, I love her writing style. - Goodreads
I loved the characters, but the plot seemed to meander. - Goodreads
The author's writing skills are amazing to me. - Goodreads

Review: Late Nights on Air

User Review  - Daniela Lobo - Goodreads

This book is not what I was expecting at all, even though I should have known it was going to be boring. Just by the title, “Late Nights on Air”. The novel takes place during mid 1970's in Yellowknife ... Read full review

Review: Late Nights on Air

User Review  - Jerrie - Goodreads

This book charms and takes you places you had no idea you were going. For one thing, it takes place in a place I've never been in story or reality. I liked the reality of the characters. No ... Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
27
Section 4
36
Section 5
44
Section 6
59
Section 7
66
Section 8
83
Section 16
203
Section 17
209
Section 18
216
Section 19
225
Section 20
234
Section 21
245
Section 22
272
Section 23
285

Section 9
97
Section 10
104
Section 11
124
Section 12
135
Section 13
149
Section 14
160
Section 15
182
Section 24
292
Section 25
307
Section 26
321
Section 27
328
Section 28
344
Section 29
362
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Elizabeth Hay was born in Owen Sound, Ontario on October 22, 1951. She attended Victoria College, University of Toronto. She worked for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio for ten years as a host, interviewer, and documentary maker. She has written several books including Small Change, A Student of Weather, Garbo Laughs, and The Only Snow in Havana. She won the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Late Nights on Air. In 2002, she received the Marian Engel Award for her body of work, which includes novels, short fiction, and creative non-fiction.

Bibliographic information