The Night Watch

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Riverhead Books, 2006 - Fiction - 450 pages
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Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked-out streets, illicit partying, and sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, The Night Watch tells the story of four Londoners - three women and a young man with a past - whose lives, and those of their friends and lovers, connect in sometimes surprising ways. In wartime London, the women work - as ambulance drivers, ministry clerks, and building inspectors. There are feats of heroism, epic and quotidian, and tragedies both enormous and personal.
Sarah Waters describes the taut composure of a rescue worker in the aftermath of a bombing, the idle longing of a young woman for her soldier lover, the peculiar thrill of a convict watching the sky ignite through the bars on his window, the hunger of a woman prowling the streets for an encounter, and the panic of another who sees her love affair coming to an end.

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User Review  - bettynoire - Borders

Pros: (a few) lovable characters, witty and occaisionally insightful prose Cons: the future-to-past timeline, "witty" little self-references Sarah Waters has been reliable in the past for a good ... Read full review

Henry James Revisited

User Review  - nancd -

I love this book! It so reminded me of reading The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. The author does a great job of creating scenes and characters. Kay is one of my new favorite heroines. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Sarah Waters is the author of Tipping the Velvet, a New York Times Notable Book; Affinity, which won her the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award; Fingersmith and The Night Watch, both of which were shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize; and The Little Stranger, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and a New York Times Notable Book. She has also been named one of Granta's best young British novelists. She lives in London.

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