The Night Sky

A Novel

Mary Morris

Picador

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The Night Sky is a moving novel about the solitary moral courage of a women raising a child alone and the complex resilience of family. Ivy Slovak is a jewelry designer and artist whose days are absorbed by the struggle to make an unreliable paycheck cover the needs of her infant son. Hungry for the freedom of the world outside her window, Ivy is haunted by the memory of her mother, who abandoned her when she was seven years old. She recalls the years spent with her loving but itinerant father, wandering the desert, hoping somehow to find the troubled, beautiful woman who had left them both. With quiet eloquence and deep compassion, The Night Sky establishes Morris as one of contemporary American literature's foremost chroniclers of the secrets and strengths of the human spirit.

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"Marvelous, spiritually charged fiction, an example of the contemporary American novel at its best."—Christopher Tilghman, The Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A haunting tale . . . Ivy Slovak's life is not one a reader will soon forget."—Roxanna Robinson, The New York Times Book Review

"Morris's novel joins a rich literary tradition of women who, in the absence of mothers, flounder in their search for womanhood, who are fused to phantoms they fear they will never shake off."—Barbara Lazear Ascher, The Washington Post Book World

"A quiet celebration of motherhood—and fatherhood, too. Told in eloquent, vivid snatches, it's a fast-paced yet deeply moral story that stimulates and satisfies the mind, emotions, and imagination."—Jean Patterson, Orlando Sentinel

"A mother's coming of age novel...Morris is too accomplished to write a surface account . . . [She] goes deeper to explore love and loss and coming to terms with one's past."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"One gutsy woman and one fantastic writer."—Louise Bernikow, Cosmopoliltan

"Morris here creates a sensitive, intriguing, and touching portrait of a single mother struggling with eternal issues that are given a timely twist."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Morris inhabits Ivy with an intensity and clarity of vision that makes this a story at once tough, sad, and honest, yet at the same time hauntingly beautiful."—Stuart Dybek

"Morris delves into the ordeal of motherhood and penetrates its mysteries. On view here is the mastery of a writer in her prime, revealed in the palpable restraint of the writing and the hypnotic tempo of a commanding story."—Booklist


"Morris perfectly captures the strains of solo child rearing. And she celebrates the ability of a woman to navigate without a mate, creating alternative forms of solace and power."—New Woman

"Morris's novel joins a rich literary tradition of women who, in the absence of mothers, flounder in their search for womanhood, who are fused to phantoms they fear they will never shake off."—Barbara Lazear Ascher, The Washington Post Book World

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Mary Morris

Mary Morris is the author of the novels House Arrest, Crossroads, and The Waiting Room; two travel memoirs, Nothing to Declare and Wall to Wall; and the award-winning story collections Vanishing Animals and Other Stories and The Bus of Dreams. Her most recent story collection is The Lifeguard. She teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Night Sky
A Novel
Mary Morris

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
May 1997
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312156091
ISBN10: 031215609X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$18.00
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