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The Night Ocean

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"An electric exploration of horror, obsession, madness, and mystery."
Laura van den Berg

"It has been years since I read a novel with so much joy, impatience and awe."
Rivka Galchen

"Magnificent. The Night Ocean is an impossible, irresistible novel, a love letter to the unloveable that speaks the unspeakable."
Lev Grossman

"A sly, witty, but still loving send-up of H.P. Lovecraft and some of the grand anxieties of the American 20th century."
Victor LaValle

"The Night Ocean had me from the first sentence. This immensely original, elegantly written and continually surprising novel casts a spell that keeps us enthralled until the book's brilliant conclusion."
Francine Prose

"The best novel of the year, almost any year."
Gary Shteyngart

"A whole damned hustling heart-broken double-talking meaning-haunted world it is a privilege to enter."
Peter Straub

From the award-winning author and New Yorker contributor, a riveting novel about secrets and scandals, psychiatry and pulp fiction, inspired by the lives of H.P. Lovecraft and his circle.

Marina Willett, M.D., has a problem. Her husband, Charlie, has become obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft, in particular with one episode in the legendary horror writer's life: In the summer of 1934, the "old gent" lived for two months with a gay teenage fan named Robert Barlow, at Barlow's family home in central Florida. What were the two of them up to? Were they friends--or something more? Just when Charlie thinks he's solved the puzzle, a new scandal erupts, and he disappears. The police say it's suicide. Marina is a psychiatrist, and she doesn't believe them.

A tour-de-force of storytelling, The Night Ocean follows the lives of some extraordinary people: Lovecraft, the most influential American horror writer of the 20th century, whose stories continue to win new acolytes, even as his racist views provoke new critics; Barlow, a seminal scholar of Mexican culture who killed himself after being blackmailed for his homosexuality (and who collaborated with Lovecraft on the beautiful story "The Night Ocean"); his student, future Beat writer William S. Burroughs; and L.C. Spinks, a kindly Canadian appliance salesman and science-fiction fan -- the only person who knows the origins of The Erotonomicon, purported to be the intimate diary of Lovecraft himself.

As a heartbroken Marina follows her missing husband's trail in an attempt to learn the truth, the novel moves across the decades and along the length of the continent, from a remote Ontario town, through New York and Florida to Mexico City. The Night Ocean is about love and deception -- about the way that stories earn our trust, and betray it.

Genre: Historical
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Hardback Editions

March 2017 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Night Ocean
Author(s): Paul La Farge
ISBN: 1-101-98108-3 / 978-1-101-98108-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Press
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Paperback Editions

April 2018 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Night Ocean: A Novel
Author(s): Paul La Farge
ISBN: 1-101-98109-1 / 978-1-101-98109-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

March 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Night Ocean
Author(s): Paul La Farge
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

March 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Night Ocean
Author(s): Paul La Farge
Publisher: Penguin Press
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