A dark and riveting journey of one man in a broken world
With nothing left to lose, Nathan Soderquist is moving west; his wife is dead, his infant daughter too, all because of a kiss and a snowstorm and his failure to prevent distant consequences. In his desperate isolation, he commits acts of violence, cowardice, nobility, and bravery as he passes through vacant landscapes and encounters beguiling characters. A road accident leaves his body broken, and his convalescence plumbs the depths of addiction. Relentless in his need to bridge epic distances, his journey moves from car to bicycle to foot as his anger grows, spurring a desire for revenge. Ultimately, a midnight confrontation spirals out of control, and from its extraordinary violence Nathan is presented with two final paths: one ends in destruction; the other could lead to redemption.
Written in taut, muscular prose and punctuated by brief poetic journal entries that document the ever-changing sky, Panhuyzen’s debut novel recounts one man’s story in a world revved with suspense and alive with wonder.
Where did Cordell go?
A mysterious airplane lands behind Cordell and Marla Bechard’s house. Cordell steps out to investigate, and as Marla watches from the window, he climbs aboard – and it takes off.
Was Cordell kidnapped, or did he leave willingly? Marla seeks the answer on the shelves of his bookstore, an eccentric shop stacked to the rafters with old books. But unravelling Cordell’s secrets forces her to confront the enigmas of her own past, while reigniting a passion for music she has all but forgotten.
Cordell meanwhile finds himself trapped aboard a vintage DC-3 airliner piloted by Tessa, a swashbuckling American grandmother with a zeal for social justice. He learns that his involvement with an obscure political movement has branded him a terrorist, and put his life – and Marla’s – in grave danger. Dragged through a series of harrowing adventures across the globe, Cordell struggles to make his way home to the woman he loves.
Will Marla and Cordell ever be reunited?
Night is a Shadow Cast By the World is an enthralling, inventive, often hilarious novel about books, travel, aviation, music, and the sometimes bewildering interplay of love and marriage.