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A redemptive fable: Night Watch, by Jayne Anne Phillips, reviewed

Set in the Appalachian Mountains, the novel centres around a family struggling to survive domestic abuse and abandonment in the aftermath of the American civil war

20 January 2024

9:00 AM

20 January 2024

9:00 AM

Night Watch Jayne Anne Phillips

Fleet, pp.304, 22

The Appalachians have become fashionable fictional territory. Following Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain and Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer and Demon Copperhead comes Jayne Anne Phillips’s Night Watch. Like Cold Mountain, it is set largely in the aftermath of the American civil war, but, for all its wealth of detail, it is less a historical account than a redemptive fable.

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