Night Ride Home Vicki Covington

ISBN: 9780804111522

Published: December 29th 1993

Mass Market Paperback

240 pages


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Night Ride Home  by  Vicki Covington

Night Ride Home by Vicki Covington
December 29th 1993 | Mass Market Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 240 pages | ISBN: 9780804111522 | 7.72 Mb

This is a new edition of Night Ride Homethe story of a smallAlabama mining town on the eve of World War II. Keller Hayesand Laura Sandifer are about to marry, Lauras father isthreatening to shoot Keller, and Bolivia, the town prostitute,is aboutMoreThis is a new edition of Night Ride Home—the story of a smallAlabama mining town on the eve of World War II. Keller Hayesand Laura Sandifer are about to marry, Lauras father isthreatening to shoot Keller, and Bolivia, the town prostitute,is about to give birth to a baby whose father is a mystery.As that fateful December flips through the calendar andChristmas Eve arrives, a mine cave-in shifts attention toKellers father, one of the trapped miners.

And as the worldteeters on the brink of destruction, this small town will beforever changed and strengthened by its people and the demonsthey struggle to tame.In Night Ride Home, the metaphor of home is developedto perfection. But Covingtons skill extends to more thancomparison and symbol- many of her sentences beg to be readaloud to savor their strength and beauty. Her descriptions areevocative and sensory: Keller smiled. Evening was fallingteal blue. A thin coppery band of sunset painted the skys edge.For as long as he could remember, hed made this night ride homewith his parents.

The sulphur scent of the scrap hill this timeof day mixed with Ben Rays after-shave. And her evocation ofemotional states is as spare and skillful as her descriptions:It was his third day without a drink. His head was light, likean empty home before the movers come. The bad part was that noone knew just how remarkable it all was.

Three days.Covingtons insight into many of the characters in NightRide Home is a triumph of understanding and of compassionas well, for she introduces characters who seem unapproachableand then, she becomes them, and it is in doing so that her workas an artist becomes most redemptive: we see that no one is beyondthe pale, that no sins are too great for forgiveness, that eventhe most hardened and callous people have humanity at their cores.About the Author:Vicki Covington is the author of Bird of Paradise, GatheringHome, and Cleaving (co-authored with her husband, Dennis), a1999 Library Journal best book of the year.

She lives inBirmingham, Alabama, with her husband and two daughters andis a regular contributor to the Oxford American. Her shortfiction has also appeared in The New Yorker and other magazines.



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