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Nightwatching

by Méira Cook

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ISBN:9781443433877
publisher: HarperCollins
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It is a hot, lonely summer in the Orange Free State of South Africa, and young Ruthie Blackburn finds herself at odds with everyone around her. She squirms under the watchful eye of her nanny and bristles at Sip, the gardener’s son, who follows her everywhere and is her only friend. But mostly she misses her distracted widower father, who is more absent each day and the subject of neighbourhood gossip.

Ruthie runs reckless through the bleary, dull days, often venturing alone into the dark streets at night, listening to and spying on things she does not understand. The monotony is interrupted by the arrival of two guests from the big city, the vivacious Miss Lena and her brother, Syl. The events of one weekend will change everything for Ruthie and lead to an unforeseeable tragedy. Set against the shifting political tensions of the late 1970s and written in unsparing, evocative language, Nightwatching powerfully captures the sudden end of innocence.

About the Author

Méira Cook is the award-winning author of the novels The House on Sugarbush Road, which won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, and Nightwatching, which won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. She has also published five poetry collections, most recently Monologue Dogs, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry and for the 2016 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. She has won the CBC Poetry Prize and the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize. She has served as Writer in Residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, and the Winnipeg Public Library. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, she now lives in Winnipeg.

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