A NovelBook - 2004
When a truck slams into her house, causing it to burst into flame, McKenna and her eight-year-old daughter Logan narrowly escape, watching horrified as it burns to the ground. As a result, McKenna suffers a concussion which diminishes her vision. Having lost all possessions, they are forced to camp out in a seedy motel with their narcoleptic dog, Stanley.Payne, McKenna's sex-addicted ex-lover, on the run from loan sharks, abruptly joins them, igniting hope in Logan who yearns for her parents' reconciliation and a "normal" life. For McKenna, Payne's reappearance, while reawakening desire, only adds to her anxieties, mainly the worsening of her eye condition that threatens her livelihood as a hair stylist. Increasingly haunted by memories of abuse suffered at the hand of her father, she is suddenly forced to care for him when he is felled by a stroke.Logan can barely sleep because the rainforests are being bulldozed and the world's whale population is rapidly declining. Their residence in the drug-infested motel with "no-lifers", including a supermarket clown with a pet pig, is just an extension of a problematic world, as she sees it. When the last blow falls, and Logan is finally forced by McKenna to reveal her shameful secret, hope appears lost."Blind Night" is classic Strube. With keen observation, pitch-perfect dialogue, and ferocious humour, she folds the reader seamlessly into the heads of her characters. This mordantly funny and haunting novel could have come only from Canada's pre-eminent writer of contemporary urban fiction.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Thomas Allen Publishers, 2004.
Characteristics: 309 p. ;,24 cm.