NIGHT WATCH -Jayne Anne Phillips

Jayne Anne Phillips won the fiction award for “Night Watch,”


JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS is the author of Black Tickets, Machine Dreams, Fast Lanes, Shelter, MotherKind, Lark and Termite, and Quiet Dell.


This is a tale about a mother and little girl set in the Trans-Allegheny Neurotic Refuge in Weston, W.Va., after the Civil war broke out.

This book has received appreciation from various renowned author and critics. 

Man Reading

Set in West Virginia during and after the Nationwide conflict, Phillips' book takes as given that servitude (slavery) was evil and the conflict was a need.

Open Hands

It focuses on lives destroyed by the contention and on the period's shockingly edified approach toward care of the deranged.

Open Hands

In 1874, following the Conflict, twelve-year-old ConaLee and her mom, Eliza, who hasn't spoken in over a year, show up at the Trans-Allegh­eny

The inescapable fancies of war and race ascend to the surface as we get familiar with their back­story: their trip to western Virginia; the vanishing of ConaLee's dad, who left for the conflict and stayed away forever.


In the mean time in the refuge, ConaLee claims to be her mom's servant; Eliza answers gradually to treatment.

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Overall, Night watch is worth a read and surely deserves it too!


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