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Night Navigation is the middle novel of a trilogy. Each novel is written to stand alone. Book 1, Rope & Bone, and book 3, Common Descent, are works-in-progress.

The Alternating Voices of
Night Navigation:

Del: She turns the ringers off, turns down the answering machine. Drug dramas and manic depression: hard to know which roller coaster you're riding. At least twenty years that any call in the night registers 10 on her adrenaline Richter. During what she thinks of as Tarbaby-time, say when he's got another knot of infection swelling his arm that's red-lining its way to his heart and she's driving him to emergency again, she wishes he'd just go ahead and kill himself and put them all out of their misery. Other times she's sure this is the best place for him to be. His father's, his brother's ashes buried up on their hill. They're all here together: Working on it.

“Kafka wrote that a book must be the axe to the frozen sea inside us. Ginnah Howard's astonishing debut novel, Night Navigation, is just such an axe: sharp and fierce, enlivening and enlightening. Howard's gripping tale... lays bare the marrow of familial love—its messy desperation and its stubborn, enduring beauty.”

—Maud Casey, author of Genealogy,
    a New York Times Editor's Choice

Mark: He dials the hospital numbers. He knows to get admitted all he has to do is tell the truth. Yes, he's got Medicare and Medicaid. He last used 30 minutes ago. Morphine. He prefers not to mention his pharmaceutical source. He's been using since maybe he was 13: LSD, marijuana. Lots of LSD. Heroin. Off and on since he was in his late-twenties. He's dual diagnosis. Bipolar disorder. Onset probably about 13. Though all was not well long before that he's sure. The hospital switches him to Gregorian chants. Then an all-business woman is back in his ear. He's on the waiting list.

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