Book Reviews of That Night

That Night
That Night
Author: Alice McDermott
ISBN-13: 9780385333306
ISBN-10: 0385333307
Publication Date: 1/12/1999
Pages: 192
Rating:
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3 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Book Type: Paperback
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This book is a "Fast Read"!
I decided to read this book, because it was on the list of top 200 books, chosen by book clubs.
I enjoyed the book and recommended it to my reading group.
It was interesting to discuss the story of "Teenage Love" with my friends, we looked at the content, basically, from a parent's point of view. I would say, it has mass appeal, since dealing with teenagers is an experience everybody recognizes. While the book is set in the 60's - some things never change. Enjoy!
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Nostalgic little book.
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a wonderful story well written from the author of Charming Billy. A good book for your book club.
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This story starts out on a certain summer night and moves backward toward "that night". Good short story.
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Excellent!!
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Wonderful story of a young girl's fascination and friendship with a teenage couple in her neighborhood, and what happens when the teenage girl becomes pregnant. Was also a terrific movie starring Juliette Lewis, C. Thomas Howell & Eliza Dushku.
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A fascinating thought provoking read
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Further developing the inventive narrative technique she used in A Bigamist's Daughter, McDermott masterfully blurs the lines between reality and illusion, offering a work on several levels. Her narrator reflects on an incident that shattered the serenity and naivete of her suburban world of the early 1960s, when she was 10 years old, and claims that event as a point of departure for her fertile imaginative powers. An opening scene of violence played out under a "bright navy sky" on a soft midsummer night "when Venus was bright," captures the tone and focus of the novel, which recalls the doomed love affair of teenagers Sheryl and Rick. McDermott makes the relationship between her two ordinary, unattractive protagonists poignant and believable. A mesmerizing storyteller, she evokes the aching vulnerability of adolescent love, in this case between two lost, despairing not-quite-adults. The forced parting of the two teenagers also marks a rite of passage for the other families in the middle-class Long Island neighborhood, as parents comprehend that even their fierce love for their children will not be enough protection against life's inevitable blows. In spare prose of remarkable acuity, McDermott captures a time and place and a social era. Her narrative voice, romantically elegiac and yet premonitory of doom, is strong and compelling. --Publisher's Weekly