Crawling at Night

Crawling at Night Hailed by The New York Times as a formidable young writer one who unpacks her characters emotions with a firm graceful hand Nani Power garnered impressive acclaim for her profound debut last year A

  • Title: Crawling at Night
  • Author: Nani Power
  • ISBN: 9780802138842
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hailed by The New York Times as a formidable young writer one who unpacks her characters emotions with a firm, graceful hand, Nani Power garnered impressive acclaim for her profound debut last year A darkly lyrical, charged exploration of the double edged sword of urban anonymity, her novel was deemed daring and one of a kind by The Atlanta Journal ConstitutionHailed by The New York Times as a formidable young writer one who unpacks her characters emotions with a firm, graceful hand, Nani Power garnered impressive acclaim for her profound debut last year A darkly lyrical, charged exploration of the double edged sword of urban anonymity, her novel was deemed daring and one of a kind by The Atlanta Journal Constitution Crawling at Night is a searing, unforgettable portrait of New York City and of the appetites and self sabotaging patterns of its displaced inhabitants Ito is a literate yet tongue tied sushi chef who recites haiku in his head as he labors over shopping lists, which at once define and confine him Alone, he dreams of Mariane, a lost alcoholic waitress who works with him at the Chelsea sushi bar Ito can t help but live part of every waking day reliving the tragedy he left behind in Japan, and across town Mariane yearns for the baby girl she abandoned almost fifteen years before In the spinning haze of two nights in Manhattan, Ito and Mariane find themselves careening on a downward spiral through the dark streets of the city As they navigate a sea of alcohol, sex, and exotic food, we are taken inside the minds of other scarred people they encounter, whose paths, like the streets of the city itself, crisscross and overlap, skimming one another for some sort of connection Crawling at Night is a dazzling evocation of the way people draw each other in to absorb the shock of loneliness, and how they then either drift out of orbit or are pushed away With heartbreaking intimacy, Power shows that the dark side of the city and its struggling inhabitants is but an extension of the purest longings and intentions of those very same, very human people profound and thrilling Crawling at Night will not only be a sensation of the season, it will also endure Robert Olen Butler A formidable young writer one who can put you in mind of both Mary Gaitskill and Denis Johnson Dwight Garner, the New York Times Book Review an effective exploration of the lies we tell ourselves to help us handle the business of living Jabari Asim, Washington Post Book World Power has an astonishing talent deeply affecting Bookforum

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    1. Nani Power's Crawling at Night feels like the antithesis to J. Ryan Stradal's Kitchens of the Great Midwest. And while the portraits of Asian characters feel like caricatures at times, there is a purposiveness to these depictions - a sort of foolish bravado and defiance. Sometimes it pays to be what people expect you to be. At least it leaves them feeling vindicated. For a novel that painstakingly devotes effort to draw attention to the meaning of 'Nani' in Japanese, Power ultimately demands to [...]

    2. Super Sad True Love Story was great but so depressing. I just don't enjoy books like that. So, I understand why some people are put off by this book. It is dark, but some people will still find beauty in the story. I should say "stories" because one aspect I liked about the book was that it included the stories of so many people, even if that person was a cab driver in only one scene and we saw only a glimpse of his life. I love that because everyone has a story. I also liked taking a moment out [...]

    3. This one didn't grab, or even casually brush against my interest. Really slow, right out of the gate. (I looked forward to the grocery lists at the beginning of the chapters.) It's time to let another library patron have a go at it.

    4. if i could give this book no stars i would. its the most depressing book about the darkest parts of life. i would have rather slit my wrist with a spoon.

    5. A really beautiful story -- not quite as good as Power's "The Sea of Tears," but still quite good. Especially fun for us "foodies."

    6. I like a good, dark book. However, this book was just way too over the top for me. It left me feeling depressed, lonely, and hurting.

    7. Don't even get me started on how much I hated this one. Hated both protagonists and didn't care about anyone else, either.

    8. Interesting, creative, and slightly haunting. The characters are so stripped down and raw, I felt like I was peeking into people's homes at night without their knowledge. I would read this again.

    9. it had a very different story, and u loved the way it was written. I didn't really get into the book until about chapter three and then I was hooked

    10. It was hard to find the rhythm of this book, but it was ultimately interesting. Rather depressing intersecting paths of people whose lives are falling apart.

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