Prairie Nocturne

Prairie Nocturne

by Ivan Doig
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Prairie Nocturne by Ivan Doig

Prairie Nocturne is the epic saga of two former lovers sired in the pages of Ivan Doig's acclaimed Montana Trilogy. Susan Duff — the bossy, indomitable schoolgirl with a silver voice from Dancing at the Rascal Fair— has reached middle age alone, teaching voice lessons to the progeny of Helena's high society. Wesley Williamson, young married heir to the Double W cattle empire, has been forced out of a political career as a result of his affair with Susan having become known. Years later, Wes and Susan have reunited to share in an extraordinary goal: launching the singing career of Monty Rathbun—a man on the wrong side of the racial divide. In this triumph of sure-footed storytelling, motives and fates dangerously entangle.
Set in Montana, France, Scotland, and New York during the Harlem Renaissance, Prairie Nocturne is a deeply longitudinal novel that raises everlasting questions of allegiance, the grip of the past, and the cost of passion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743201360
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 05/03/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 236,028
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ivan Doig (1939-2015) was a third-generation Montanan and the author of sixteen books, including the classic memoir This House of Sky and most recently Last Bus to Wisdom. He was a National Book Award finalist and received the Wallace Stegner Award, among many other honors. Doig lived in Seattle with his wife, Carol. Visit

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Prairie Nocturne 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Maertel More than 1 year ago
No Amended Stars for this one! And yet, with still one quarter of the book to read (I never want these books to end), there are questions: 1. Where's the iconic map?!? Much missed. 2. Dolph's conversion to simple human decency remains a mystery, as does why he would betray Monty at all...? 3. Why the very short funeral testimonials to the man who, for many readers, is the hero we really care the most about...and will miss the most...? Helpohelp. 4. And who's the film director brave enough to finally bring all of these incredible characters to real life on screen in the blindingly amazing lands and buttes and mountains and SKY of Montana? Enough endless horrific brutality and violence - we have the writer > let's get the action up there to overwhelm all of our senses.