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What You See in the Dark

(2011)
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Bakersfield, California, in the late 1950s is a dusty, quiet town too far from Los Angeles to share that city's energy yet close enough to Hollywood to fill its citizens with the kinds of dreams they discover in the darkness of the movie theater. For Teresa, a young, aspiring singer who works at a shoe store, dreams lie in the music her mother shared with her, plaintive songs of love and longing. In Dan Watson, the most desirable young man in Bakersfield, she believes she has found someone to help her realize those dreams.

When a famous actress arrives from Hollywood with a great and already legendary director, local gossip about Teresa and Dan gives way to speculation about the celebrated visitors, there to work on what will become an iconic, groundbreaking film of madness and murder at a roadside motel. No one anticipates how the ill-fated love affair between Dan and Teresa will soon rival anything the director could ever put on the screen.

This thoroughly original work is intense and fascinating in its juxtapositions of tenderness and menace, violence and regret, played out in a town on the brink of change.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"How beautifully the pieces of this book fit together, and how radically original it is." - Joan Silber


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November 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: What You See In The Dark
Author(s): Manuel Munoz
ISBN: 0-7156-4165-4 / 978-0-7156-4165-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
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March 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: What You See in the Dark
Author(s): Manuel Munoz
ISBN: 1-56512-533-9 / 978-1-56512-533-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Paperback Editions

February 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: What You See in the Dark
Author(s): Manuel Munoz
ISBN: 0-7156-4517-X / 978-0-7156-4517-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd.
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March 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: What You See in the Dark
Author(s): Manuel Munoz
ISBN: 1-61620-140-1 / 978-1-61620-140-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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