Variations in the Night

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Bantam Books, 1987 - Fiction - 172 pages
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Amanda halfheartedly works in Legacies, a small Greenwich Village clothing boutique. She’s never had a serious involvement, only casual flings. Sam is a midwesterner trying to make it as a reporter in the big city. He just left his hometown girlfriend back in Ohio. Amanda is afraid of commitment, but doesn’t know it. Sam is prepared to abandon the budding relationship rather than risk rejection. From New York City’s downtown night spots East to Lower East Side Lofts, here is a wry and bittersweet look at the complex 1980s relationships of two people whose own hearts have them terrified.

Reviewing her first novel, It Was Gonna be Like Paris, The New York Times called Emily Listfield “an accurate, often disarming reporter of her generation’s foibles." Variations in the Night continues her contemporary chronicles.

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Emily Listfield is a former magazine editor in chief and author of five novels, including the "New York Times" Notable "It Was Gonna Be Like Paris" and "Waiting to Surface". Her writing has appeared in "The New York Times", "Harper's Bazaar", "Redbook", "Self", "Ladies' Home Journal", "New York" magazine, "Parade", and many other publications. She lives in New York City with her daughter. Visit her website at

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