The Night Stages

The Night Stages

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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"At the end of an affair, a woman pilot in World War II recalls life in a remote Irish town where her husband and his brother lost everything in a bicycle race"-- Provided by publisher.
"A female pilot recalls her affair with a man obsessed with the disappearance of his brother After a tragic accident leaves Tamara alone on the most westerly tip of Ireland, she begins an affair with a charismatic meteorologist named Niall. It's the 1950s, and Tamara has settled into civilian life after working as an auxiliary pilot in World War II. At first her romance is filled with passionate secrecy, but when Niall's younger brother, Kieran, disappears after a bicycle race, Niall, unable to shake the idea that he may be to blame, slowly falls into despondency. Distraught and abandoned after their decade-long relationship, Tamara decides she has no option but to leave. Jane Urquhart's mesmerizing novel opens as Tamara makes her way from Ireland to New York. During a layover in Gander, Newfoundland, a fog moves in, grounding her plane and stranding her in front of the airport's mural. As she gazes at the nutcracker-like children, missile-shaped birds, and fruit blossoms, she revisits the circumstances that brought her to Ireland and the family entanglement that has forced her into exile. Slowly she interweaves her life story with Kieran's as she searches for the truth about Niall. With The Night Stages, this celebrated bestselling author has written a magnificent, elegiac novel of intersecting memories that explores the meaning of separation and reunion, the sorrows of fractured families, and the profound effect of Ireland's harshly beautiful landscape on lives lived in solitude"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2015.
ISBN: 9780374713454
0374713456
9780771094446
0771094442
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource.
Summary: "At the end of an affair, a woman pilot in World War II recalls life in a remote Irish town where her husband and his brother lost everything in a bicycle race"-- Provided by publisher.

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cjoanie
Apr 29, 2016

I just put this down. Loved it. As I have been to that part of Ireland, perhaps that helped me relate to the book better than some of those who have been less than complimentary. The writing is like a flowing stream somehow, the narrative relaxing yet loaded with mystery. I really enjoyed this book. The part describing the race was particularly gripping and one felt "right there".

brianreynolds Dec 19, 2015

Perhaps on the heels of Enright's amazing The Green Road, I'd overdosed on enviable writing or Ireland itself. I may have under-appreciated both. Or I may have simply been underwhelmed by the rather long and unrelated pean to artist Kennth Lockheed, the less than sympathetic narrator/ POV characters (Tam and Niall) and their situation, and the seemingly never-ending journey to a bit of plot or compelling narrative. Not my fav Urquhart novel. But who am I to say? A different appetizer, a change in weather? It might well have been a hit.

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fpsutka
Nov 21, 2015

I generally love Jane's books but I had difficulty with this novel. I got to page 35 and gave up - too sad/too depressing, etc. Not a fun read!

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hopsing
Oct 29, 2015

While I enjoyed this book, I was disappointed that the ending left the story without a conclusion as to what happens with the main characters. Does Tamara find Kieran? What does she do when she finds him? Will Niall look for Tamara or even notice that she left for a few days? Will Kieran seek out Niall's wife and will their romance be re-kindled?

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ms_mustard
May 07, 2015

this goes on my shelf right next to The Stone Carvers - loved them both. my favourites from Urquhart.

often I have difficulty relating to books that take place in Ireland but this one sang to me all the way through.

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