Know The Night: A Memoir Of Survival In The Small Hours

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Know The Night: A Memoir Of Survival In The Small Hours

by Maria Mutch

Knopf Canada | February 25, 2014 | Hardcover

Know The Night: A Memoir Of Survival In The Small Hours is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

An unforgettable memoir on the experience of isolation and the miraculous power of human connection.
 
As a baby, Gabriel’s first words and affinity for sign language enthralled his adoring parents. When these words fell away, and his medical diagnoses multiplied, Maria Mutch committed herself entirely to her son’s care. Then, for about two years, Gabe slept very little, drawing mother and son into a nocturnal existence of almost constant wakefulness. 

In breathtaking prose, Maria shares the intensely personal challenges and revelations brought about by this period. As Gabe’s sleeping hours dwindled, care took place within an isolated, often frightening world, in which Maria’s desire for connection and meaning expanded. She became fascinated with stories of Antarctic exploration, and found a companion in Admiral Richard E. Byrd, an explorer who lived by himself in the polar darkness for months in 1934 and later wrote about his struggle for survival in a book called Alone. Reimagining Byrd’s story and interweaving it with her own, Maria illuminates a search for love, understanding and comfort against the terrors of the unknown that will resonate with anyone who has lain awake in the dark, or longed to protect a loved one. Know the Night is a powerful journey into the mysteries of nighttime and the human mind, and a testament to the extraordinary bond between mother and child.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 9.3 × 6.22 × 0.82 in

Published: February 25, 2014

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307363376

ISBN - 13: 9780307363374

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and moving. This is one of the finest works of non-fiction that I have ever read. Her prose is splendid and she intertwines the challenges of raising her son--especially during the long, confusing nights--with the story of Byrd's expedition with tremendous skill.
Date published: 2014-09-16

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Know The Night: A Memoir Of Survival In The Small Hours

by Maria Mutch

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 9.3 × 6.22 × 0.82 in

Published: February 25, 2014

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307363376

ISBN - 13: 9780307363374

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An unforgettable memoir on the experience of isolation and the miraculous power of human connection.
 
As a baby, Gabriel’s first words and affinity for sign language enthralled his adoring parents. When these words fell away, and his medical diagnoses multiplied, Maria Mutch committed herself entirely to her son’s care. Then, for about two years, Gabe slept very little, drawing mother and son into a nocturnal existence of almost constant wakefulness. 

In breathtaking prose, Maria shares the intensely personal challenges and revelations brought about by this period. As Gabe’s sleeping hours dwindled, care took place within an isolated, often frightening world, in which Maria’s desire for connection and meaning expanded. She became fascinated with stories of Antarctic exploration, and found a companion in Admiral Richard E. Byrd, an explorer who lived by himself in the polar darkness for months in 1934 and later wrote about his struggle for survival in a book called Alone. Reimagining Byrd’s story and interweaving it with her own, Maria illuminates a search for love, understanding and comfort against the terrors of the unknown that will resonate with anyone who has lain awake in the dark, or longed to protect a loved one. Know the Night is a powerful journey into the mysteries of nighttime and the human mind, and a testament to the extraordinary bond between mother and child.

About the Author

Maria Mutch was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in Toronto. Her writing has appeared in literary journals across Canada and the United States. Mutch lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons. Know the Night is her first book. www.mariamutch.com

Editorial Reviews

FINALIST 2014 – Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction “Maria Mutch has written an exquisite chronicle of the journey she has taken with her beloved son, Gabriel. Twining his mysterious world into the vision of Byrd’s voyage in Antarctica, Mutch creates a beautiful and haunting narrative about solitude, darkness and the coming of the light.” —Roxana Robinson “Fascinating, thought-provoking…. [ Know the Night ] should be required reading for anyone who works with a child with disabilities and recommended reading for everyone else…. It is a literary gift.” —Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D., author of Overcoming Autism “Know the Night is a wonderful book. Thoughtful and poetic and moving…. Deeply personal, but enriched by the juxtaposition of Byrd’s struggle with solitude and the long polar night. It has stayed with me, and I’m grateful to have been taken along on the author’s journey.” —Mary Swan, author of My Ghosts and The Boys in the Trees   “From the moment I opened this book, I felt pulled into a uniquely scintillating world, one built of ice crystals, poetic aurorae, starscapes shimmering with jazz, and a boy whose body sings and storms through the night. Mutch writes gorgeously, transcendently, but with the hard-packed earth of wisdom underfoot. For anyone who has ever walked the night with their child or their fragile self, there is company here. A
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