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.