The Night Country

The Night Country

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
A tragic car accident that claims the life of three teens while leaving one hospitalized with brain damage and another alive but suffering with guilt yields still more suffering a year after the event when the spirits of the three dead kids come back to torment the lives of the survivors. 25,000 first printing.

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A ghost story that begins in everday tragedy, from a distinctly American master of both forms: a "scary, sad, funny . . . mesmerizing read" (Stephen King)

At Midnight on Halloween in a cloistered New England suburb, a car carrying five teenagers leaves a winding road and slams into a tree, killing three of them. One escapes unharmed, another suffers severe brain damage. A year later, summoned by the memories of those closest to them, the three that died come back on a last chilling mission among the living.

A strange and unsettling ghost story in the tradition of Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson, The Night Country creeps through the leaf-strewn streets and quiet cul-de-sacs of one bedroom community, reaching into the desperately connected yet isolated lives of three people changed forever by the accident: Tim, who survived yet lost everything; Brooks, the cop whose guilty secret has destroyed his life; and Kyle's mom, trying to love the new son the doctors returned to her. As the day wanes and darkness falls, one of them puts a terrible plan into effect, and they find themselves caught in a collision of need and desire, watched over by the knowing ghosts.

Macabre and moving, The Night Country elevates every small town's bad high school crash into myth, finding the deeper human truth beneath a shared and very American tragedy. As in his highly-prized Snow Angels and A Prayer for the Dying, once again Stewart O'Nan gives us an intimate look at people trying to hold on to hope, and the consequences when they fail.


Blackwell North Amer
At midnight on Halloween in a cloistered New England suburb, a car carrying five teenagers leaves a winding road and slams into a tree, killing three of them. One escapes unharmed, another suffers severe brain damage. A year later, summoned by the memories of those closest to them, the three who died come back on a last chilling mission among the living.
A strange and unsettling ghost story in the tradition of Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson. The Night Country creeps through the leaf-strewn streets and quiet cul-de-sacs of a bedroom community, reaching into the desperately connected yet isolated lives of three people changed forever by the accident: Tim, who survived intact but lost everything; Brooks, the cop whose guilty secret has destroyed his life, and Kyle's mom trying to love the new son the doctors returned to her. As the day wanes and darkness falls, one of them puts a terrible plan into effect, and they find themselves caught in a collision of need and desires, watched over by the knowing ghosts.

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& Taylor

A tragic car accident that kills three teens while leaving one hospitalized with brain damage and another suffering with guilt yields more pain one year later when the spirits of the three dead kids return to torment the survivors.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374222154
0374222150
Branch Call Number: FIC O'Nan, S 2003
Characteristics: 229 pages ; 22 cm

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janetplanet9
Nov 19, 2012

Read this one for Halloween. Narrated by a teenage ghost. Creepy, funny, and sad, O'Nan can pull it off.

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mab0411
Jun 22, 2012

This one had parts that were really funny. Stewart O'Nan really knows how teens think and talk and his characters are really memorable. Interesting idea too, having them as ghosts hanging around after a car crash, hope I'm not giving too much away. It is a tragic story but this author makes it wonderful and not at all a downer but a story with really important lessons.

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