My Bright Midnight (2020)

My Bright Midnight Josh Russell My Bright Midnight Walter Schmidt s life isn t simple His wife Nadine wants to live next door to her dead first husband s mother the Mississippi River is three blocks down the street and rising dangerously FDR is dead
  • Title: My Bright Midnight
  • Author: Josh Russell
  • ISBN: 9780807136966
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
My Bright Midnight Josh Russell Walter Schmidt s life isn t simple His wife Nadine wants to live next door to her dead first husband s mother, the Mississippi River is three blocks down the street and rising dangerously, FDR is dead, and the war seems like it will never end but for the most part, things are going Walter s way Then one bright April morning in 1945, Walter comes home early from work tWalter Schmidt s life isn t simple His wife Nadine wants to live next door to her dead first husband s mother, the Mississippi River is three blocks down the street and rising dangerously, FDR is dead, and the war seems like it will never end but for the most part, things are going Walter s way Then one bright April morning in 1945, Walter comes home early from work to find Nadine in bed with his best friend, Sammy.Shocked into silence, when she then calls him a kraut, Walter becomes even confused True, he s a German immigrant, but he s lived in New Orleans for almost twenty years, and an hour before, he thought he was a happy American baseball fan, reader of pulp novels, lover of gangster movies Suddenly Walter wonders if Nadine s right, if he s German than American, enemy than friend When Sammy later offers him 1,000 as an apology for sleeping with his wife, Walter accepts, desperately hoping to hurt his friend, but instead setting in motion a series of events dangerous than betrayal and petty revenge.Set against a backdrop of a nation exhausted by war, in a decadent city that for years has been denied its butter, sugar, and Mardi Gras, My Bright Midnight is a novel about the complications of loyalties to country, to friends, and to those we love.
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  1. Alex V.

    from my blogI finished My Bright Midnight last night I am too close to the author I think to do a publishable review we were friends in college and this novel was published by the same press doing my book so I ll say what I ll say here It was really good The short novel traces a rather sprawling tale of a reluctant German immigrant in New Orleans at the tail end of WWII It does an excellent job of not being too New Orleans y while still being totally there in fact its geographic arc from the cit [...]

  2. Erika

    I was a huge fan of Yellow Jack, Russell s first novel, but didn t think this one was as strong.On the plus side, the descriptions of New Orleans and an area in Florida are done so well that you can feel both places in that exact moment in their history Yet, I found Russell s1940s characters, especially their dialogue, to be less believable.Another plus is Russell s gift for writing about alienated people He s truly great at creating a slightly surreal, almost hallucinatory feeling as his protag [...]

  3. Lydia Ship

    So much to praise about this book page turning plot, eye popping, mouth watering setting, distinct characters, but deserving of distinct praise is the point of view When was the last time you read a book by a male author whose male protagonist explores emotional landscape traditionally feminine Can you think of even one, much less one that doesn t seem falsely vulnerable, doomed, or caricature This book is brave, and you might not hear it called that anywhere else, because books which perhaps no [...]

  4. Katharine Grubb

    This is a short novel, perfect for a day or two of reading weekend fly through I won a copy of this book through the Firstreads contest, and would be happy about sending this on to another friend who is a book lover.The story itself is unpredictable, taking a few turns that left me just wanting to keep reading What I like about quick read novels is that they pack a lot of time in a short amount of space Josh Russell weaves scenes that are not overdone he leaves enough for your imagination His ch [...]

  5. Dave

    Overlooked is the fact that Germans were one of the largest groups of settlers in Louisiana and New Orleans This is a love story of an immigrant who comes to New Orleans and lives through the American cultural changes of World War 2 By the author of Yellow Jack, a great book about the impact of yellow fever in early New Orleans Nice combo platter of historical New Orleans background, cultural impressions and the challenges of love in a world of complex relationships and motivations.

  6. Deena Anreise

    Loved this well written novella Had a little bit of She s Come Undone by Wally Lamb tone to it a bit nostalgic, a bit coming of age adulthood finding your stride feel Would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially 1930 40s New Orleans fans.

  7. Linda Nemec

    A quick, interesting read that gives a good feel for New Orleans from a German immigrant s point of view in the 1930s and 40s.

  8. Mary Ellen

    latest book by Russell For all looking for short books for your book groups, I think this book less than 150 pp Plus, plot and characters sound intriguing.

  9. Lori

    I loved the part that Josh read at the Launch Party Reading Reception at the Georgia Center for the Book at DeKalb County Public Library.

  10. Margot

    Russell s quirky characters turn just plain silly by the end Could have been so much He sure has New Orleans spot on

  11. Drusilla

    Interesting characters, so fully imagined I keep thinking about them The writing is both clean and lyrical in good measure.

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