The Curfew

The Curfew

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William and Molly lead a life of small pleasures, riddles at the kitchen table, and games of string and orange peels. All around them a city rages with war. When the uprising began, William’s wife was taken, leaving him alone with their young daughter. They keep their heads down and try to remain unnoticed as police patrol the streets, enforcing a curfew and arresting citizens. But when an old friend seeks William out, claiming to know what happened to his wife, William must risk everything. He ventures out after dark, and young Molly is left to play, reconstructing his dangerous voyage, his past, and their future. An astounding portrait of fierce love within a world of random violence, The Curfew is a mesmerizing feat of literary imagination.



Baker & Taylor
Enjoying small everyday pleasures before his home city erupts into war, William seeks to escape the region with his young daughter until an old friend appears with information about William's wife, who was taken away when the violence started.

Baker
& Taylor

Enjoying small everyday pleasures before his home city erupts into war, William seeks to escape the region with his young daughter until an old friend appears with information about William's wife, who was taken away when the violence started. By the author of The Way Through Doors. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780307739858
0307739856
Branch Call Number: FICTION BALL...J
Characteristics: 194 pages
Notes: "A Vintage Contemporaries Original."

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burleighsmith
Aug 25, 2011

I don’t doubt the veracity of the vision presented here: a police-state where all police are plain-clothed and quick on the trigger, but I wish it was presented with more heart. The author doesn’t seem to want to evoke caring from the reader. If I were cruel, I’d say his primary goal was to gain the reader’s admiration for his cleverness. And that he did—it’s a very clever conceit. But I like written words (especially fiction) to vividly draw human encounters and to insightfully communicate thoughtful observations and deliberations.

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