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Nights When Nothing Happened

by Simon Han

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Nights When Nothing Happened by Simon Han
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    Nov 2020, 272 pages

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The lives of a Chinese American family are upended by the escalating misbehavior of one of the children.

A quiet atmosphere of dread permeates Simon Han's subdued debut novel Nights When Nothing Happened. It begins with an anxiety inducing premise — 11-year-old Jack Cheng has discovered that his five-year-old sister Annabel is sleepwalking at night, once even strolling out the front door of their house and wandering the neighborhood. Jack does not tell his parents, Patty and Liang, about these late-night excursions, instead taking it upon himself to be his sister's protector, even if it means standing sentinel when he should be sleeping himself. The family lives in Plano, Texas (see Beyond the Book), a city they chose in part for its low crime rate, but each character is vaguely anxious of some unspecified danger. When a legitimate threat finally materializes, though, it is entirely of the Chengs' own making.

Patty and Liang met in Tianjin, a city in northeast China, at Patty's ...

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