Synopses & Reviews
An emotionally gripping family drama from beloved New York Times
bestseller Luanne Rice.
Clare Burke’s life took a devastating turn when she tried to protect her sister, Anne, from an abusive and controlling husband and ended up serving prison time for assault. The verdict largely hinged on Anne’s defense of her spouse — all lies — and the sisters have been estranged ever since. Nearly twenty years later, Clare is living a quiet life in Manhattan as an urban birder and nature blogger, when her niece, Grit, turns up on her doorstep.
The two long for a relationship with each other, but they’ll have to dig deep into their family’s difficult past in order to build one. Together they face the wounds inflicted by Anne and find in their new connection a place of healing. When Clare begins to suspect her sister might be in New York, she and her niece hold out hope for a long-awaited reunion with her.
A riveting story about women and the primal, tangled family ties that bind them together, Little Night marks a milestone for Luanne Rice — the thirtieth novel from the author with a talent for creating stories that are "exciting, emotional, terrific" (The New York Times Book Review).
"After bludgeoning her sister's abusive husband with a burnt log, Clare Burke is whisked away to jail in the dramatic opening of Rice's 30th novel (after Secrets of Paris). Based on Anne's false testimony in defense of her husband, Clare serves two years for assault, the sisters become estranged, and the story picks up 18 years later in 2011 in New York City, where Clare is a blogger and birdwatcher. Though she's never fully recovered from the trauma of her sister's betrayal, Clare desperately wants to reconnect with Anne, who has since cut all ties with her family at the behest of her manipulative husband. But when Anne's 21-year-old daughter, Grit, shows up on Clare's doorstep seeking a family that loves her, Clare and her niece bond, though the subject of their common tie Anne is never far from either of their minds. The two support one another as they attempt to create a relationship and reconnect with the woman who hurt them. Poetic and stirring, Rice's latest beautifully combines her love of nature and the power of family. Agent: Andrea Cirillo, the Jane Rotrosen Agency. (June 5)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“A classic Rice page-turner.” Good Housekeeping
“In Little Night, Rice plumbs the depths of the damage that physical and mental abuse cause the recipients and allows us into the heads of those who suffer these situations. In spite of the serious nature of the subject matter, the story is filled with happy moments and an undying hope for future happiness.” Bookreporter.com
The New York Times
bestselling author's heart-wrenching chronicle of a woman and her niece, who attempt to build the relationship they longed for all their lives.
Luanne Rice knows women. The author of thirty-one novels, Rice is a master at creating vivid female characters and capturing their complex family dynamics, and Little Night is one of her most powerful novels yet.
Clare Burke's life took a devastating turn when she defended her sister, Anne, from an abusive husband and ended up serving prison time for assault. Nearly twenty years later long estranged from her sister Clare is living a quiet life in Manhattan as an urban birder and nature blogger, when Anne's daughter, Grit, shows up on her doorstep. When it appears that Anne has followed Grit, each woman wonders what their long-awaited reunion will bring. Little Night is a riveting story about women and the primal, tangled family ties that bind them together.
About the Author
Luanne Rice is the author of thirty-one novels, twenty-two of which have been New York Times bestsellers. Five of her novels have become movies or miniseries, and two of her short pieces were featured in off-Broadway productions. There are more than twenty-two million copies of her books in print in twenty-four territories around the world. A native of Connecticut, she divides her time between New York City and Southern California.