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The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep

(2017)
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From internationally acclaimed and Governor General's Award-winning author Steven Heighton comes a passionate novel of buried secrets, the repercussions of war and finding love among the ruins

Elias Trifannis is desperate to belong somewhere. To make his dying ex-cop father happy, he joins the military - but in Afghanistan, by the time he realizes his last-minute bid for connection was a terrible mistake, it's too late and a tragedy has occurred.
In the aftermath, exhausted by nightmares, Elias is sent to Cyprus to recover, where he attempts to find comfort in the arms of Eylul, a beautiful Turkish journalist. But the lovers' reprieve ends in a moment of shocking brutality that drives Elias into Varosha, once a popular Greek-Cypriot resort town, abandoned since the Turkish invasion of 1974.
Hidden in the lush, overgrown ruins is a community of exiles and refugees living resourcefully but comfortably. Thanks to the cheerfully corrupt Colonel Kaya, who turns a blind eye, they live under the radar of the Turkish authorities.
As he begins to heal, Elias finds himself drawn to the enigmatic and secretive Kaiti while he learns at last to "simply belong." But just when it seems he has found sanctuary, events he himself set in motion have already begun to endanger it.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Steven Heighton writes with a beauty and a precision and a soul that's always astounded me. He captures the shock and trauma of war in a way that only a novelist at the height of his powers can. And he captures mid-leap that act of giving oneself completely to another in all its fragility and fear and grace that only a poet at the height of his powers can." - Joseph Boyden

"This is a book you will not put down!" - Frances Itani

"This book won’t let the reader sleep… a rich and disturbing literary thriller." - Annie Proulx


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Paperback Editions

March 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep
Author(s): Steven Heighton
ISBN: 0-7352-3256-3 / 978-0-7352-3256-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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Kindle Editions

March 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep
Author(s): Steven Heighton
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU