City of Secrets is now out in paperback! Celebrate the launch with Stewart at the Penguin Bookshop on April 27, 5:30pm.
Check out the cool site Shining in the Dark! One of Stewart’s stories are featured in the anthology.
Read all about it at Lilja’s Library.
This year marks the thirteenth year of The Night Country, published in 2003. The novel was dedicated to the King of Halloween himself, Ray Bradbury.
At Midnight on Halloween in a cloistered New England suburb, a car carrying five teenagers leaves a winding road and slams into a tree, killing three of them. One escapes unharmed, another suffers severe brain damage. A year later, summoned by the memories of those closest to them, the three that died come back on a last chilling mission among the living.
A strange and unsettling ghost story, The Night Country creeps through the leaf-strewn streets and quiet cul-de-sacs of one bedroom community, reaching into the desperately connected yet isolated lives of three people changed forever by the accident: Tim, who survived yet lost everything; Brooks, the cop whose guilty secret has destroyed his life; and Kyle’s mom, trying to love the new son the doctors returned to her. As the day wanes and darkness falls, one of them puts a terrible plan into effect, and they find themselves caught in a collision of need and desire, watched over by the knowing ghosts.
Macabre and moving, The Night Country elevates every small town’s bad high school crash into myth, finding the deeper human truth beneath a shared and very American tragedy.
“Scary, sad, funny, and when it comes to young people at the end of their ropes and hopes, dead on the money. [The Night Country] takes you away to a strange and special place while reminding you of the places you’ve been — especially the spooky Halloween places. A gracefully written, mesmerizing read.” – Stephen King
“The perfect ghost story for a contemporary Halloween, The Night Country demonstrates that the horror novel and literature can live quite happily within a single set of covers.” – Peter Straub
“In The Night Country Stewart O’Nan gives us a handle on the adolescent subconscious that may not be pretty but is brutally honest in the way that literature must be if it’s going to do any good. Growing up, and life and death, get defined. Lives get saved in the way that literature can do some saving.” – Theodore Weesner
Happy Halloween to all!
After spending several months investigating books that are relevant to Culver City itself, we chose West of Sunset by best-selling author Stewart O’Nan for our Citywide Centennial Read. This is the fictionalized story of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s life while he was trying to make ends meet as a screenwriter at MGM studios, now the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot on Overland. Filled with references to the Golden Age of Hollywood, local color and the actors, movies and players of the time, this is a perfect complement to our celebration of Culver City’s Centennial.
We are planning several activities to enhance your enjoyment of the book. Among other activities, we will have a readers’ discussion at the library and one at the senior center, a historical tour of the Sony lot, and a talk by Stewart O’Nan himself at the library on Saturday morning, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. In addition, the author will be speaking to students at Culver City High School on October 14 during lunch, and to a couple of classes during the day.