Nightwatching by Meira CookNightwatching by Meira Cook


byMeira Cook

Paperback | May 19, 2015

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One hot, lonely summer in the Orange Free State of South Africa, feisty Ruthie Blackburn finds herself at odds with everyone around her. She squirms under the watchful eye of her nanny, Miriam, and bristles at the neighbour’s gardener’s boy, Sip, who follows her everywhere and is her only friend. But mostly she misses her distracted widower father who is more absent each day.

Ruthie runs reckless through the bleary, dull days of summer until the monotony is interrupted by the arrival of two guests from the big city. The events of this one weekend will alter the course of Ruthie’s adolescence and lead to a devastating tragedy. Set against the shifting political tensions of the late 1970s and written in prose that is both poetic and evocative, Ruthie and Sip powerfully captures a young girl’s sudden end of innocence.

MEIRA COOK’s first novel,The House on Sugarbush Road, won the 2013 McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award and was a nominee for the Winnipeg Public Library’s On The Same Page competition. Her poetry won first place in the CBC Literary Awards in 2007, garnered a Manitoba Publishing Award (a “Maggie”), and has been featured in ...
Title:NightwatchingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 19, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443433861

ISBN - 13:9781443433860


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED this book - so emotional and engrossing! This novel is incredibly well written. I couldn't put it down (except when I had to to absorb the sheer emotional impact). It reads like poetry and I loved, loved, loved the characters, especially Sip. What a charmer! This book is one of my favorites for the year so far. I'd buy anything written by this author. She's got such a way with her words. I HIGHLY recommend this book!
Date published: 2015-06-03