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Anna Quinn

This breathtaking debut novel examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present. Exquisitely nuanced and profoundly intimate, THE NIGHT CHILD is a story of resilience, hope, and the capacity of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds.

Nora Brown teaches high school English and lives a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. But one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a girl's face appears above the students' desks -- ''a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been. Terror rushes through Nora's body -- the kind of raw terror you feel when there's no way out, when every cell in your body, your entire body, is on fire -- when you think you might die.''

Twenty-four hours later, while on Thanksgiving vacation, the face appears again. Shaken and unsteady, Nora meets with neurologists and eventually, a psychiatrist. As the story progresses, a terrible secret is discovered -- a secret that pushes Nora toward an even deeper psychological breakdown.

Anna Quinn owns the Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Bookstore in Port Townsend, Washington, where she has been named the city's Patron of the Arts. She is a published poet and essayist with twenty-six years of experience teaching and leading writing workshops across the country.

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17. October 2017, quote
A powerful, beautifully written, transformative novel. 'Must-read' is not a phrase I use often; I am using it now: you must read this book!

Garth Stein, author

17. October 2017, quote
What I had not expected was the surprise of being so completely in character with someone experiencing the kind of disassociation Quinn portrays. I don't think I have ever read such a strong rendition from the inside of such a dilemma, and more complexly,

Dorothy Allison, author

17. October 2017, quote
I loved this book so much.I entered Quinn's book and lost myself and exited her book changed. She is hanging with the big dogs with this Jodi Picoult and Ann Patchett. For me this book is about destruction and creation. It revolves around the ea

Lidia Yuknavitch, author

17. October 2017, quote
Packed with riveting detail and radical emotional honesty, motored by a powerful (what I think of as a 'life depends upon it') authorial voice, this book does at least fifteen things novels are not supposed to be able to do. I won't name them, but I will

Pam Houston, author

17. October 2017, quote
A flat-out page-turner that will have readers riveted as Quinn seamlessly, breathlessly, explores the result of an identity irrevocably fractured in childhood and one woman's struggle to ease the girl she once was, protect her own young daughter, and recl

Adrianne Harun, author

17. October 2017, quote
Stay with this book, this author. She will tell you the galvanizing story of how the world ends and how it begins again: child by child.

Rikki Ducornet, author

17. October 2017, quote
Anna Quinn writes with bright and assured authority, making this a remarkable debut novel you won't soon forget. Her haunting story, expertly and lovingly crafted, leaves you breathless with both terror and hope.

Susan Wiggs, author

17. October 2017, quote
A wondrous journey into the heart of survival, and our power to save our own lives. Anna Quinn plumbs the mysteries of dissociation with lyrical courage, examining the tender line between our past and present. This is a remarkable book.

Rene Denfeld, author

17. October 2017, quote
Quinn presents breakthrough emotional trauma, PTSD, and dissociation with frighteningly beautiful accuracy. Her people demonstrate the frustration and shame that often accompany psychological issues arising from severe abuse. They also demonstrate pathway

Bill Ransom, author

17. October 2017, quote
The Night Childis beautiful, empowering -- it shows us that on the other side of harrowing there is healing. Anna Quinn writes for those who have been silenced and gives them a voice in Nora.

Erica Bauermeister, author

17. October 2017, quote
Quinn's debut novel is stunning in its profound emotional authenticity and the luminosity of the prose.Nora's quest for truth is, ultimately, transformative.

Sue William Silverman, author

17. October 2017, quote
Anna Quinn has created a story that reads like a thriller, one with the beating heart of a vulnerable child, and with the urgency of a woman unlocking her own psychic drama.The Night Childasks a vivid question about who gets a voice, and offers up the pow

Sonya Lea, author

17. October 2017, review
Writing is sparse and eloquent, slipping in and out of Nora's fractured mind in a way that is fascinating and enthralling... though it is emotionally challenging to read, THE NIGHT CHILD'S gentle dealings with heavy subjects highlight the fragility of the

Foreword Reviews

17. October 2017, review
Haunting psychological suspense for readers who enjoy a generous dose of creepiness without being completely scared out of their wits. Fans of John Searles will be pleased.

Library Journal

12. December 2017, quote
Writer's Digest has asked Anna Quinn to be one of their February 2018 issue "Breaking In" authors. This feature will include an interview with Anna. Writer's Digest's circulation is around 135,000.

Writer’s Digest

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