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From one of the greatest novelists of the American West comes a surprising and riveting story set in Montana and New York during the Harlem Renaissance, drawing together an unlikely set of thwarted performers in one last inspired grasp at life's set of gold rings: love and renown.

Susan Duff — the bossy, indomitable schoolgirl with a silver voice from the pages of Doig's most popular work, Dancing at the Rascal Fair — has reached middle age alone, teaching voice lessons to the progeny of Helena's high society. Wesley Williamson — business scion of a cattle-empire family — has fallen from the heights of gubernatorial aspirations, forced out of a public career by political foes who uncovered his love affair with Susan. Years later, Susan is taken off guard when Wes arrives at her door with an unusual request: to train his chauffeur, Monty, in the ways of voice and performance.

Prairie Nocturne is the saga of these three people and their interlocked destinies. Monty is distantly known to Susan from their childhoods in the Two Medicine country, yet an enforced stranger because of the racial divide. When she realizes he possesses a singing voice of rare splendor, Susan joins Wes's Pygmalion-like project to launch Monty on a performing career — only to find the full force of the Ku Klux Klan in their way. As Monty and Susan overcome treacherous obstacles, Wes's mysterious motives unsettle everyone, including himself, and the trio's crossed fates form a deeply longitudinal novel that raises everlasting questions of allegiance, the grip of the past, and the costs of career and passion.

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"Doig has staked his claim as one of Montana's essential literary witnesses." Washington Post

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"Fine work from a quintessentially American writer." Kirkus Reviews

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Prairie Nocturne is the epic saga of two former lovers sired in the pages of Ivan Doig's acclaimed Montana Trilogy. Susan Duff — the bossy, indomitable schoolgirl with a silver voice from Dancing at the Rascal Fair-- has reached middle age alone, teaching voice lessons to the progeny of Helena's high society. Wesley Williamson, young married heir to the Double W cattle empire, has been forced out of a political career as a result of his affair with Susan having become known. Years later, Wes and Susan have reunited to share in an extraordinary goal: launching the singing career of Monty Rathbun--a man on the wrong side of the racial divide. In this triumph of sure-footed storytelling, motives and fates dangerously entangle.

Set in Montana, France, Scotland, and New York during the Harlem Renaissance, Prairie Nocturne is a deeply longitudinal novel that raises everlasting questions of allegiance, the grip of the past, and the cost of passion.

About the Author

Doig received the lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association and the Spirit of the West award from the Mountains and Plains Booksellers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743201360
Author:
Doig, Ivan
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Montana
Subject:
Harlem renaissance
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
African American men
Subject:
Harlem (new york, n.y.)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Harlem Renaissance; baritone singer; Carnegie Hall; black musicians; Ku Klux Klan; interracial romance; France; buffalo soldier; Pygmallion; Montana; Montana trilogy; western literature; Mountains and Plains Booksellers; Spirit of the West; horses; ranchi
Subject:
Harlem Renaissance; baritone singer; Carnegie Hall; black musicians; Ku Klux Klan; interracial romance; France; buffalo soldier; Pygmallion; Montana; Montana trilogy; western literature; Mountains and Plains Booksellers; Spirit of the West; horses; ranchi
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
May 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 11.13 oz

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"Review" by , "Doig has staked his claim as one of Montana's essential literary witnesses."
"Review" by , "Fine work from a quintessentially American writer."
"Synopsis" by , Prairie Nocturne is the epic saga of two former lovers sired in the pages of Ivan Doig's acclaimed Montana Trilogy. Susan Duff — the bossy, indomitable schoolgirl with a silver voice from Dancing at the Rascal Fair-- has reached middle age alone, teaching voice lessons to the progeny of Helena's high society. Wesley Williamson, young married heir to the Double W cattle empire, has been forced out of a political career as a result of his affair with Susan having become known. Years later, Wes and Susan have reunited to share in an extraordinary goal: launching the singing career of Monty Rathbun--a man on the wrong side of the racial divide. In this triumph of sure-footed storytelling, motives and fates dangerously entangle.

Set in Montana, France, Scotland, and New York during the Harlem Renaissance, Prairie Nocturne is a deeply longitudinal novel that raises everlasting questions of allegiance, the grip of the past, and the cost of passion.

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