The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep by Steven Heighton

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...there's an appealing, Borgesian touch to Myrto, the village librarian whose personal project is to catalogue its books by "essence." These aren't enough, however, to offset both a tendency to explainy-ness and our sense that Heighton is uncertain about his goals here.
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From internationally acclaimed and Governor General’s Award-winning author Steven Heighton comes a passionate novel of buried secrets, the repercussions of war and finding love among the ruins


Elias Trifannis is desperate to belong somewhere. To make his dying ex-cop father happy, he joins the military—but in Afghanistan, by the time he realizes his last-minute bid for connection was a terrible mistake, it’s too late and a tragedy has occurred.
     In the aftermath, exhausted by nightmares, Elias is sent to Cyprus to recover, where he attempts to find comfort in the arms of Eylül, a beautiful Turkish journalist. But the lovers’ reprieve ends in a moment of shocking brutality that drives Elias into Varosha, once a popular Greek-Cypriot resort town, abandoned since the Turkish invasion of 1974.
     Hidden in the lush, overgrown ruins is a community of exiles and refugees living resourcefully but comfortably. Thanks to the cheerfully corrupt Colonel Kaya, who turns a blind eye, they live under the radar of the Turkish authorities.
     As he begins to heal, Elias finds himself drawn to the enigmatic and secretive Kaiti while he learns at last to “simply belong.” But just when it seems he has found sanctuary, events he himself set in motion have already begun to endanger it.
 

About Steven Heighton

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Steven Heighton is the author of the novel Afterlands, which has appeared in six countries; was a "New York Times Book Review" Editors' Choice along with a best book of the year selection in ten publications in Canada, the US, and the UK; and has been optioned for film. He is also the author of The Shadow Boxer, a Canadian bestseller and a "Publishers Weekly" Book of the Year. His work has been translated into ten languages, and his poems and stories have appeared in the "London Review of Books," "Poetry," "Tin House," "The Walrus," "Europe," "Agni," "Poetry London," "Brick," "Best English Stories," and many others. Heighton has won several awards and has been nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award, the Trillium Award, and Britain's W.H. Smith Award.
 
Published March 14, 2017 by Hamish Hamilton. 352 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by David Chau on Mar 15 2017

The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep, his fourth novel, maintains this template and demonstrates the vitality that marks his fiction, verse and criticism.

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Below average
Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on Mar 17 2017

...there's an appealing, Borgesian touch to Myrto, the village librarian whose personal project is to catalogue its books by "essence." These aren't enough, however, to offset both a tendency to explainy-ness and our sense that Heighton is uncertain about his goals here.

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