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“What’s new. What else. What next. What’s happened here.”
Kate Ennis is poised at a critical moment in an affair with a married man. The complications and contradictions pursue her from a house in rural Connecticut to a brownstone apartment in New York City, to a small island off the coast of Washington, to a pitch black night in backcountry Ireland. And no matter where Kate goes or what she does, she confronts the mystery and inscrutability of others, and herself.
Composed in the style of Adler’s celebrated novel Speedboat and displaying her keen journalist’s eye and mastery of language, both simple and sublime, Pitch Dark is a bold and astonishing work of art, filled with pathos, humor, and hard-won wisdom.
“Two things hold Pitch Dark together and give it speed and magic. The first is Miss Adler’s gift for language and observation . . . and the second is her willingness to write candidly, even rawly, about emotions.” –Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“Imaginative, intelligent, and original.” –Elizabeth Hardwick
“If you simply allow [Adler’s fragments] to settle in their own patterns, flashing light where they will, you’ll find Pitch Dark a bright kaleidoscope of a book.” –Anne Tyler