How the Night is Divided: A Novel
Second printing. Originally issued as an Autograph Edition of 1000 numbered and signed copies. A story of the Southern California chaparral as it edges toward the Mohave Desert, and of the people there in the 1940s and early 1950s, Jews, who were among the first rose farmers, and who cut out a chunk of it and sometimes disintegrated from the passions of the settlement that made them. They raised and hybridized roses, roses were their livelihood and their passion, but they also smuggled arms to Israel, and were almost murderously divided over Stalin, over Spain, over water. This book is also about an Oklahoma-raised Kiowa Indian, Tom Green, who befriends the farmer and his family, and who is presented against his psychic background of dreams, voices and disappearances brought to this place of rose fields. From the annihilation of the ancient redwoods to the grizzly-hunting vaqueros in live oak canyons, How the Night Is Divided carries western life into the central drama of 20th-century existence. An experience of viscerally emotional and intellectual excitement: here is a novel that takes the reader to the edge, and refuses to let the reader back away.
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Poet Matlin's lyrically written meditation on the California desert, interwoven with hallucinatory Native American folktales, ultimately fails as a novel. Tom Green is a Kiowa Indian working for an ... Read full review