The novel Night Garden by Kentucky author Carrie Mullins describes the journey of seventeen-year-old Marie Massey from youthful innocence to dark levels of human experience. When tragedy strikes her family, Marie runs away from her safe and privileged life in a small Kentucky college town to live with an older man and his criminal family in a neighboring county. Her encounter with the charismatic, thirty-year-old Bobo Owens sets in motion the central story of the novel. The dramatic plot unfolds in a sequence of vivid scenes, each of which is its own immediate story, carried by the author’s taut, measured prose.
by Carrie Mullins
Old Cove Press (2016)
250 pp., 9” x 6” inches, Paperback, $16.00
“Night Garden is a riveting story told by a master of suspenseful writing. In an era when fiction is loaded with issues and agendas and ambitions, Carrie Mullins’ debut novel is a wholly-absorbing narrative that reminds the reader of the pure pleasure of story. Unforgettable characters, an intricate plot, and strong sense of regional place give the novel extraordinary appeal.
The author’s spare writing style and her word-perfect, tone-perfect dialogue, place Night Garden in company with the best contemporary American fiction.”
— Gurney Norman, author of Divine Right’s Trip, Kinfolks, and Ancient Creek