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Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours Hardcover – Feb 25 2014

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada (Feb. 25 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307363376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307363374
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #381,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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FINALIST 2014 – Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction
FINALIST 2015 – Kobo Emerging Writer Prize 

“Maria Mutch has written an exquisite chronicle of the journey she has taken with her beloved son, Gabriel. Twining his mysterious world into the vision of Byrd’s voyage in Antarctica, Mutch creates a beautiful and haunting narrative about solitude, darkness and the coming of the light.” —Roxana Robinson

“Fascinating, thought-provoking…. [Know the Night] should be required reading for anyone who works with a child with disabilities and recommended reading for everyone else…. It is a literary gift.”
—Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D., author of Overcoming Autism

“Know the Night is a wonderful book. Thoughtful and poetic and moving…. Deeply personal, but enriched by the juxtaposition of Byrd’s struggle with solitude and the long polar night. It has stayed with me, and I’m grateful to have been taken along on the author’s journey.”
—Mary Swan, author of My Ghosts and The Boys in the Trees
“From the moment I opened this book, I felt pulled into a uniquely scintillating world, one built of ice crystals, poetic aurorae, starscapes shimmering with jazz, and a boy whose body sings and storms through the night. Mutch writes gorgeously, transcendently, but with the hard-packed earth of wisdom underfoot. For anyone who has ever walked the night with their child or their fragile self, there is company here. And for anyone curious to know what love and grace feel like when they are pressed into pages, this is your book.”
—Alison Wearing, author of Honeymoon in Purdah and Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter
“A moving memoir of maternal love and devotion, Know the Night explores isolation and loneliness in beautifully imagistic prose. ‘The sleepless parent of a wordless child,’ Maria Mutch finds solace in the experience of explorer Admiral Richard Byrd as he struggled alone in continual night at the South Pole. Mutch weaves Byrd’s fascinating narrative like a spell into her own deeply affecting story of mothering a child with autism and Down syndrome. This is a book full of hope, light, and companionship for surviving the small hours of the night.”
—Kelle Groom, author of I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl 
Know the Night offers a magnificent vision of a mother’s love—a love sculpted from jazz and ice and dreams; a love large enough to hold the darkness between midnight and dawn, large enough to hold multiple diagnoses and the vast margins of what they can’t describe—large enough to hold the story of a polar explorer and his months alone in another kind of night. This memoir finds a candid, capacious language—always curious, often stunning—for the states of mystery and wonder at its core.”
—Leslie Jamison, author of The Gin Closet

About the Author

Maria Mutch was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in Toronto. Her writing has appeared in literary journals across Canada and the United States. Mutch lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons. Know the Night is her first book. www.mariamutch.com

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