by Julie HaleOctober, 2004
The Night Country
This chilling novel from O'Nan is the perfect choice for October book clubs. A modern-day ghost story that takes place in the suburbs of Connecticut, the book centers on the survivors of a tragic car crash that occurred on Halloween. Three teenagers died in the accident, and two lived: Tim, who suffered no injuries, and brain-damaged Kyle, a former bad boy and rebel. A year after the accident, Tim is struggling with survivor's guilt, while Nancy, Kyle's mother, takes on the role of caregiver for her son and fights to maintain her marriage. Watching over them are the ghosts of the three dead teens, Marco, Toe and Danielle, who have their own stories to tell and provide commentary on earthly life as it continues without them. Ominous and haunting, this innovative novel is reminiscent of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.picadorusa.com.