Jane Urquhart's mesmerizing novel opens as Tamara makes her way from Ireland to New York. During a layover in Gander, Newfoundland, a fog moves in, grounding her plane and stranding her in front of the airport's mural. As she gazes at the nutcracker-like children, missile-shaped birds, and fruit blossoms, she revisits the circumstances that brought her to Ireland and the family entanglement that has forced her into exile. Slowly she interweaves her life story with Kieran's as she searches for the truth about Niall.
'Wise and psychologically astute'.
'A skilful and sophisticated novel, enriched by Urquhart's gift for evoking landscape and by her precise, poetic prose'.
‘Urquhart's poetic, almost ethereal writing invites readers to revisit certain passages and marvel. This book about unquenchable longing is a lovely addition to her distinguished, award-filled oeuvre.'
‘Jane Urquhart's writing compellingly depicts the sense of place in human lives.'
'Urquhart writes forcefully; her imagery is vivid, and her evocation of time and place is accomplished and assured.'
‘A rich, lush novel with much to mine … for its language alone, The Night Stages will quickly earn its place among Urquhart's other globally acclaimed and award-winning novels … The Night Stages is another tour de force by this exceptional author.'
'Jane Urqhuart charts the restless weather of the human heart in the same observant, inventive way the ancient Greeks mapped the constellations.'
‘Thoughtful, multifaceted work … Urquhart-whose prose at times flows from the same hand that has written four volumes of poetry-reveals her characters slowly, placing them within or privy to smaller narratives, vignettes, anecdotes that are themselves small marvels of storytelling and serve the several themes of love's pain, family turmoil, and the elusive sense of home and place, especially in light of Ireland's immigrant history … Masterful.
‘Urquhart has masterfully captured the thoughts of two damaged young men … a powerful, observant novel that builds quietly to a fever pitch.'
'‘By the time one finishes reading The Night Stages, all kinds of knowledge will have imperceptively crept up - knowledge about weather, flight and, most of all, the landscape of Ireland's gorgeous, rugged County Kerry … In Urquhart's hands, even the most troubled spaces contain the potential for redemption.'