Prairie Nocturne

Prairie Nocturne

A Novel

Book - 2005
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Set during the 1920s, this novel finds Susan Duff, the young songbird from Doig's Dancing at the Rascal Fair, now a middle-aged singing coach living in Helena. When her old flame Wes Williamson asks her to mentor his black chauffeur, Monty, she agrees. But racial tensions erupt when Susan's private lessons with Monty attract the attention of the KKK.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2005, 2003.
ISBN: 9780743201360
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Characteristics: 371 p.


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Dec 14, 2010

Although I loved Ivan Doig’s book Winter Brothers, I was disappointed in this one. I read it to the end but I was disappointed.

At times the writing was almost like a romance novel. And what is up with constantly describing the color of every person of color in the book? What difference does it make that someone’s skin is the color of a saddle, or a mahogany dresser, or coffee?? The white people’s skins are not described (with one exception - when the main character describes herself as a soda cracker while her student is a graham cracker – arrgh!).

Although I was happy how the book turned out, I don’t think it was quite believable. The chemistry was lacking.

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