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Night Blindness

Night Blindness

A Novel

Susan Strecker

A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin

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A future as bright as the stars above the Connecticut shore lay before Jensen Reilly and her high school sweetheart, Ryder, until the terrible events of an October night left Jensen running from her family and her first love. Over the years that followed, Jensen buried her painful past, and now, married to a charismatic artist, she has created a new life far away from the unbearable secret of that night. When unexpected events force Jensen to return home, she must finally face her past and ultimately make a decision that threatens to change her life again-this time forever.

Susan Strecker's Night Blindness is an emotionally thrilling debut set during a New England summer about the choices we make, the sanctity of friendship, and the power of love.

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I hadn't been able to drive at night since Will died. It came on suddenly after his funeral, a dull blurriness, as though swimming through water; the outlines of trees and houses appeared ethereal, dreamlike. Eventually, my...

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Praise for Night Blindness

“An impressive story filled with moving characters and the raw emotions they go through…a powerful beginning and characters who are easy to connect with.” —Library Journal

“A stunningly evocative and keenly informed debut about the functions, and dysfunctions, of family and friends... Boldly written and entirely unforgettable, this book marks the emergence of an author to watch.” —Hartford Books Examiner

“The ways in which Strecker handles the plot threads and spins a resolution are beautifully handled and contain a few surprises... There are answers that will surprise readers who might not even have known there were questions.” —The Day

“Susan Strecker writes with unflinching honesty about the dynamics of a family in crisis, and the fallout of a single rash act. In her beautifully rendered debut novel, she proves that while there are no easy answers, there can be forgiveness and redemption. This is rewarding, up-all-night reading at its best.” —Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Susan Strecker's debut, Night Blindness, is engrossing, fast-paced, and filled with layers of emotion as Jensen Reilly finds unconditional love in the aftermath of more than a decade of complex grief and secrets. Strecker's honesty about family relationships, and her expert hand at revealing what befalls the Reilly family, had me turning the pages late into the night. Night Blindness is a powerful story of loss and renewal.” —Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Glass Wives

“A beautiful debut filled with perfectly drawn characters, the visceral feel of a New England summer, and a long-buried family secret. I loved every page.” —Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting

“An achingly atmospheric novel redolent of the time-blurred past even as it crackles with jealousy, regret, and unresolved passion in the present. It's Strecker's storytelling gift to make us love all her characters for their flaws as much as despite them, shading their mistakes with love and forgiveness and weaving a more than satisfying resolution. I can't wait to see what Strecker writes next.” —Sophie Littlefield, bestselling author of Garden of Stones

“As Jensen struggles to deal with her father's illness, she also has to confront her feelings for Ryder and guilt over Will…the characters will pull you in.” —Booklist

“A tragic accident has far-reaching consequences for an illustrious family…Strecker builds fine portraits.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Susan Strecker

Susan Strecker resides in Essex, Connecticut, with her husband and two children. Night Blindness is her first novel.

Susan Strecker

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