McPhee Gribble/Penguin 1994. ISBN 0869143476
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‘Awake in the night, the heart pounds faster, deeper. It plummets, it lifts again. I could be in love or I could be dying.’ Night by Night explores the world of an insomniac bookseller as she negotiates the territories of her longings and curiosities — and the pragmatics of selling books. Lover of Seth for ten years, with her father borrowing money every second week, Lena suddenly finds herself on the edge of being in love with her young friend Fe. From the beginning, Fe’s charm is mysterious and unreadable. And when Lena finds herself being threatened anonymously by someone who doesn’t like her or the books she sells, she begins to wonder whether there are links between the harasser’s threats and her friendship with Fe.
‘A sensual and accomplished novel about insomnia, domesticity and menace.’
‘…a marvellous portrait of the book-loving insomniac who knows that reading in the evening isn’t at all like reading at 3am…’