Synopses & Reviews
A startling and timely debut, Julie Carrick Dalton's Waiting for the Night Song is a moving, brilliant novel about friendships forged in childhood magic and ruptured by the high price of secrets that leave you forever changed.
Cadie Kessler has spent decades trying to cover up one truth. One moment. But deep down, didn't she always know her secret would surface?
An urgent message from her long-estranged best friend Daniela Garcia brings Cadie, now a forestry researcher, back to her childhood home. There, Cadie and Daniela are forced to face a dark secret that ended both their idyllic childhood bond and the magical summer that takes up more space in Cadie's memory then all her other years combined.
Now grown up, bound by long-held oaths, and faced with truths she does not wish to see, Cadie must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves, as drought, foreclosures, and wildfire spark tensions between displaced migrant farm workers and locals.
Waiting for the Night Song is a love song to the natural beauty around us, a call to fight for what we believe in, and a reminder that the truth will always rise.
"I marvel when I come across a book that is at once timely and timeless...It's a novel that burns-figuratively and literally-with sharp prose and uncommon wisdom. Do yourself a favor and have a look for yourself." Peter Geye, award-winning author of Wintering
"Dalton writes masterfully of human relationship and the fraught relationship humanity has with ecology....put it on your lists NOW." Michael Zapata, author of The Lost Book of Adana Moreau
"Human nature clashes with Mother Nature in this riveting and heartbreaking coming of age story — gorgeously written, and wonderfully told. With its combination of powerful themes and intensely immersive setting, fans of Delia Owens will swoon to find their new favorite author. A phenomenal debut!" Hank Phillippi Ryan, award-winning author of The First to Lie
"Both a timely and timeless literary mystery, Waiting for the Night Song is as seductive as it is smart, blending the allure of Julie Dalton's beloved rural New Hampshire setting with the dark undercurrents of a community's racial divisions and betrayals. This is a story of love, of home, of friendship and family, of a childhood's innocence and an adult's comeuppance, all of which are in the line of fire in this beauty of a page turner." Michelle Hoover, award-winning author of Bottomland and The Quickening.
"Julie Carrick Dalton's deftly constructed, urgent yet slow-burning debut novel reads like a warning from the frontlines of our rapidly deteriorating natural world." Omar El Akkad, American War
"[A] stirring debut....Contemporary ecological and immigration issues compound the well-paced mystery, making for a taut novel that builds suspense to the very end." Publishers Weekly
"Dalton's debut is a story of friendship, family, and the consequences of acting out of fear....The storytelling is made even more vivid by the way the novel practically breathes the woods of New Hampshire." Booklist
About the Author
As a journalist, Julie Carrick Dalton has published more than a thousand articles in The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, The Hollywood Reporter, and other publications. She contributes to DeadDarlings, The Writer Unboxed, and GrubStreet's writer's blogs. She also owns and operates a small farm in rural New
Hampshire, the backdrop for Waiting for the Night Song, her debut.