Evening News: A Novel

Paperback | January 11, 2000

byMarly SwickAs told byMarly Swick

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Nine year-old Teddy is playing next door with his best friend when Eric pulls out his father's handgun and hands it to Teddy. The telephone rings; the gun goes off, shooting -- and killing -- Teddy's two-year-old half sister Trina, who was playing in a wading pool in the yard outside, with Giselle, their mother, by her side.

Thus begins Marly Swick's second novel after the highly acclaimed "Paper Wings." As with her previous work, Swick resolutely travels the domestic landscape, detailing delicately and truthfully the effect of Trina's death on the unstable triangle of the family left behind. Each member finds their bonds of love and loyalty tested, and each is resilient in the face of their loss, but for different -- perhaps too different -- reasons: Giselle must get Teddy through the crisis, but Dan, his stepfather, having just lost his daughter, has no such responsibility.

Told alternately from the point of view of Giselle and Teddy himself, "Evening News" is a beautifully accomplished novel about resilience in the face of loss -- and about the irrevocable damage that both the loss and the resilience can inflict.

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With astonishing narrative power and emotional sensitivity, Evening News reveals the shattered world of a family reeling from incomprehensible loss when a nine-year-old boy shoots his young half-sister. His stepfather cannot forgive, and his mother`s love for her son threatens to destroy her marriage. It is a stark, contemporary novel ...

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Nine year-old Teddy is playing next door with his best friend when Eric pulls out his father's handgun and hands it to Teddy. The telephone rings; the gun goes off, shooting -- and killing -- Teddy's two-year-old half sister Trina, who was playing in a wading pool in the yard outside, with Giselle, their mother, by her side.Thus begins...

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Everywhere acclaimed for its acute emotional sensitivity and its astonishing narrative power, Evening News explores the world of a family devastated by loss as it takes us into the lives of a nine-year-old boy who shoots his young half sister, of a stepfather who cannot forgive, and of a mother whose love for her son threatens to destr...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:January 11, 2000Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316825646

ISBN - 13:9780316825641

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With astonishing narrative power and emotional sensitivity, Evening News reveals the shattered world of a family reeling from incomprehensible loss when a nine-year-old boy shoots his young half-sister. His stepfather cannot forgive, and his mother`s love for her son threatens to destroy her marriage. It is a stark, contemporary novel in the tradition of Ordinary People from award-winning author Marly Swick. Her earlier books include Paper Wings, The Summer Before the Summer of Love and Monogamy.