Enchanted Night: A Novella
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Martin Dressler comes a stunningly original new book set in a Connecticut town over one incredible summer night. The delicious cast of characters includes a band of teenage girls who break into homes and simply leave notes reading "We Are Your Daughters," a young woman who meets a phantom lover on the tree swing in her back yard, a beautiful mannequin who steps down from her department store window, and all the dolls "no longer believed in," left abandoned in the attic, who magically come to life.
With each new book, Steven Millhauser radically stretches not only the limits of fiction but also of his seemingly limitless abilities. Enchanted Night is a remarkable piece of fiction, a compact tale of loneliness and desire that is as hypnotic and rich as the language Millhauser uses to weave it.
restless as dreams, lovelier than sleep, music unending. Black Masks On the top step of the long wraparound porch, cluttered with flowerpots and old furniture, a tall shadow appears. The side of the porch is fierce with moonlight and sharp black shade, but here the porch is nearly dark, except for the thin light of a distant streetlamp partly concealed by a Norway maple. The tall shadow glides to a front window and pushes up against the screen, which rattles but does not move. At a second
the stairs, through the door, across the bright-lit parking lot into the shadows of the trees. Danny moves between the row of trees and a few parked cars to the side street, turns right and passes the front of the library, crosses Main Street and heads for home. He likes Smitty, who admires him and protects him, but Blake is always flaring up, jealous, furious, waiting to strike a blow. It’s hard for Danny to remember how he fell in with Smitty; he’s definitely out of his element. Suddenly he’s
lens of her sunglasses and the shimmer of yellow light on her throat. In the morning it will be something else, Coop’s dream of a summer night. But now as he heads for home along the tracks he believes in this clear summer night, when the lady of his desire came down to him from her high window, and took his hand and walked with him along the railway embankment, like a visitor from some unknown place—deeper than dream, more dangerous than desire—sent to soothe him on his way. The Woman Who
garage windows, the oil fill-pipes poking up out of front yards and the whitewashed rocks at the lawn’s edge—a private place, outside but secret as an attic, where no one can find her. She looks at the moon, up there in the sky. It’s almost perfectly round except for one side that looks a little flat and smudged, as if someone has rubbed it with a thumb, and she has a sudden desire to be there, in that blaze of whiteness, looking down unseen at the little town below, the toy houses with their
Enchanted Night.” —San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle “A midsummer night’s dream of a novella. . . . Brilliantly written.” —The Boston Globe “Magic arrives on a flood of moonlight in Steven Millhauser’s Enchanted Night, a perfectly paced novella that unfolds with the elegance of a court masque set in suburban Connecticut. . . . [A] brilliant fairy tale for adults.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune “[Millhauser] is a marvelous spell-weaver, and incomparable teller of tales.” —Memphis Commercial