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The Night Watch
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Sarah Waters is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Paying Guests, The Little Stranger, The Night Watch, Fingersmith, Affinity, and Tipping the Velvet. She has three times been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, has twice been a finalist for the Orange Prize, and was named one of Granta's best young British novelists, among other distinctions. Waters lives in London.

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Waters begins Night Watch at the end of her tale in 1947 and works her way backwards to 1941. Since she ensures that characters don't spoil the freshness of earlier events by leaking important information, the first part includes a series of conversations that coyly allude to the characters' pasts and make the narrative slightly difficult to comprehend. The feat of entering this tale aurally is compounded by having to follow three separate narrative lines, which Waters later connects with clever Dickensian precision. Juanita McMahon performs the work persuasively. What she lacks in vocal range, she makes up by endowing characters with accents and speech patterns to reflect distinctions of social class. She gives the character Kay's voice such deep Dietrich-like sexual innuendo that one wonders why her lovers abandon her. Recorded Books politely reminds listeners which disk they have started and repeats the last sentence of the previous. Both are welcome features. Despite the initial challenge, Night Watch is a skillfully written historical account of love of all persuasions trying to survive the dark prospects of London during the blitz. Simultaneous release with the Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 12). (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Waters trots from Victorian England, the setting of her previous award-winning and -nominated novels (e.g., Tipping the Velvet), to 1940s London. Even as the Blitz rages, three women and one man cross paths repeatedly as friends and lovers. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"Flawless...A sophisticated beautifully written novel."
--The Washington Post

"Captivating."
--The New York Times "Masterful."
--The Seattle Times "[A] wonderful novel...Waters is almost Dickensian in her wealth of description and depth of character."
--Chicago Tribune "Waters has the gift of story, the ability to dissolve the distance between reader and subject until nothing but experience remains."
--Los Angeles Times "Compelling...sexually and psychologically provocative."
--USA Today

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