Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Morning Dark

Morning Dark

A Novel

Daniel Buckman



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Morning Dark is a story of three generations of men, each consumed by the memories of war and violence. Big Walt is a WWII hero, his son Walt a Vietnam veteran, and Walt's nephew Tom Jane a thirty-year-old career soldier now dishonorably discharged. When Walt, drawn into a harrowing situation on unfamiliar soil, needs rescue, so Tom must forfeit his failure and grief and rescue his desperate relative. The dangerous trip may be his only chance at salvation.


Praise for Morning Dark

“An uncompromising novel about what the rough striving of our darkest selves has brought us to at the opening of the 21st century. And Morning Dark is a hell of an exciting read to boot.” —Robert Olen Butler

“[An] unsparring vision...William Faulkner is supposed to have said that all great American novels are about sons looking for fathers. He would have found much to recognize and admire in Daniel Buckman's Morning Dark.” —Tom Nolan, San Francisco Chronicle

“Buckman is a master of character development and interpersonal analysis, and his slice-of-life tale of family dysfunction is right on target. Many men will identify with this family as they struggle to save themselves from the war still raging within.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“A painfully beautiful saga...exceptional writing compels the reader on to the last page. This is a book that won't be easily forgotten.” —Booklist

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About the author

Daniel Buckman

DANIEL BUCKMAN was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army. He is also the author of the novels Water in Darkness and The Names of Rivers (Picador). He lives in Chicago.

Daniel Buckman

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