ORIGINAL TITLE: Natten
NUMBER OF PAGES: 200
AUTHOR: Sara Gordan
ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Albert Bonniers Förlag
GENRE: Current Books, Fiction
A daughter is missing, a mother is searching. Walking the same streets up and down, back and forth, dialing numbers, digging deep in her mind for names of friends that might know something, anything. A night that doesn’t seems to end, a dawn that never comes. What happens when the child becomes a teenager and no longer accepts the mother’s cares? What is a parent without the parenting?
Life with an illness: when the cutesy “sugar disease” turns into “diabetes” – and a chronic devil weighing on one’s shoulder. The caretaker that becomes the enemy, a gate keeper trying to protect but in the eyes of the teenager takes the shape of a prison guard.
The Night is a complicated love story between mother and daughter, a brushy road between Stockholm and Paris, and finally a reunion on the beaches of Barcelona.
Sara Gordan’s first novel in nine years is written in gleaming prose leaving the reader shuddering in tears. It is a naked and honest depiction of motherhood, and the curse of never giving up on your children. It is a book for everyone that is, or for that matter has, a parent.
Publication date: March 25th, 2022.
”It could have turned in to a concoction of theoretical self-heresy and kitchen-sink realistic teenage drama - an inferno of everyday life where the gaping hole in the middle sits to show that essential pieces will forever be missing. But Gordan is far too skilled for that. The writing bears the stamp of the same gaze - free from all illusions - [as Duras]. Unlike Marguerite D, however, Gordan writes with a singular, at times colloquial precision that keeps the ancient struggle between generations both distinct and current. Her account is at once taciturn and loose, the text neither paints a pretty picture nor overly dramatizes a situation that seems as untenable as unsolvable."
Some novels are both heart wrenching and gut punching. Sara Gordan’s THE NIGHT is one of those novels. In a crystal clear and concise prose, Gordan perfectly captures a mother’s heartbreaking fight for her child. A book this touching and urgent makes for a read that will stay with you for a long time to come. I am certain that Gordan’s THE NIGHT will strike and affect readers everywhere.