- Author Bio
From bestselling author Patrick Lane: In the style of Cormac McCarthy, Russell Banks, and Annie Proulx, Deep River Night is set over the course of forty-eight hours in a remote sawmill community, where violence, complicity, and inaction run deep.
World War II vet Art Kenning is the alcoholic first-aid man in an isolated sawmill village in the interior of B.C., where he dreads the sound of the five whistles that summon him to the mill floor whenever a worker is hurt. Traumatized by an incident in Holland, when he stood by while members of his unit committed a horrific act, he loses himself in drink, and in memories of the love affair he had with a woman in wartime Paris. But the sad comfort of his self-imposed detachment is shattered when one of the most powerful men at the mill arrives at his door late one evening to ask for his help. What unfolds over the course of that night and following day will force Art to confront acts of evil, both in the present and the past, as well as the tragic consequences of his own inaction.
Alternating with Art’s story are the stories of Joel, a teenaged runaway who owes his life to Art; Wang Po, the mill’s cook and a survivor of the Rape of Nanjing; Alice, a young Indigenous girl sold from a residential school; and Cliff, a Metis man with a hidden past. These lives, and more, intertwine to reveal a complex, morally ambiguous community where the undercurrents of violence and complicity are never far from the surface.
Writing with exquisite precision and emotional force, Patrick Lane gives us a novel whose darkness is fractured by moments of light. Deep River Night is a riveting story about the burden of bearing witness to a terrible crime.
Publication History: McClelland & Stewart, HC (02/2018)
AUDIENCE: For readers of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men, Michael Punke’s The Revenant, Ian McGuire’s The North Water, Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone, Charles Frazier’s Nightwoods, Guy Vanderhaeghe’s Frontier Trilogy, and Annie Proulx’s Barkskins.
MUCH-ANTICIPATED SECOND NOVEL: Red Dog, Red Dog was a finalist for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and was longlisted for the Giller Prize.
SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE: Lane has drawn on his first-hand experiences—both as a first-aid man in an isolated sawmill village, and as an addict—to give this novel its visceral details.
Author Website: www.patricklane.ca
“Patrick Lane is one of the finest writers I know.”—David Adams Richards, author of Principles to Live By
“Patrick Lane offers us a wise, profound meditation on loss, longing, and the struggle for redemption…. Deep River Night is a wonder.”—Guy Vanderhaeghe, author of Daddy Lenin and Other Stories
“A mourning book, elegiac, bloody, all fire and ashes, but taking great care for what gentleness may be left in the world.”—Marina Endicott, author of Close to Hugh
“Ablaze with a savage compassion…. A gorgeous, furious achievement, a work of art of the highest order.”—Steven Price, author of By Gaslight
“A heavy novel to be sure, but in its best moments—including a final scene so perfectly executed it feels like a magic trick—it provides a weightless, ecstatic sense of lift.”—Quill & Quire