How the Night is Divided: A Novel

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McPherson, Jan 1, 1993 - Fiction - 201 pages
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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

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Section 3
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David Matlin is a novelist, poet, and essayist. His collectiDavid Matlin is a novelist, poet, and essayist. His collections of poetry and prose include the books CHINA BEACH, DRESSons of poetry and prose include the books CHINA BEACH, DRESSED IN PROTECTIVE FASHION, and A HALFMAN DREAMER. His first nED IN PROTECTIVE FASHION, and A HALFMAN DREAMER. His first novel, How the Night is Divided, was nominated for the Nationovel, How the Night is Divided, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1993. His most recent book, al Book Critics Circle Award in 1993. His most recent book, Prisons: Inside the New America from Vernooykill Creek to AbPrisons: Inside the New America from Vernooykill Creek to Abu Ghraib, published by North Atlantic Books, is based on a tu Ghraib, published by North Atlantic Books, is based on a ten-year experience teaching in one of the oldest Prison Educen-year experience teaching in one of the oldest Prison Education Programs in the nation in New York State. This extendeation Programs in the nation in New York State. This extended essay is a discussion of the crisis of prisons, the inventd essay is a discussion of the crisis of prisons, the invention of surplus populations, and how, in making prison our laion of surplus populations, and how, in making prison our largest growth industry, we are mining our own civil disintegrrgest growth industry, we are mining our own civil disintegrations at unprecedented levels. David Matlin is an associateations at unprecedented levels. David Matlin is an associate professor at San Diego State University and teaches in the professor at San Diego State University and teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program. MFA Creative Writing Program.

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