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Blue hours : a novel

by Kalotay, Daphne,

Format: Print Book 2019
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A mystery linking Manhattan circa 1991 to eastern Afghanistan in 2012, Blue Hours tells of a life-changing friendship between two memorable heroines. When we first meet Mim, she is a recent college graduate who has disavowed her lower middle class roots to befriend Kyra, a dancer and daughter of privilege, until calamity causes their estrangement. Twenty years later, Kyra has gone missing from her NGO's headquarters in Jalalabad, and Mim--now a recluse in rural New England--embarks on a journey to find her. In its nuance, originality, and moral complexity, Blue Hours becomes an unexpected page-turner.

The island
The desert
The world
Author's note.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "During her early post-graduation years in New York City, Mim learns an important lesson: A diet of extreme restraint can choke the very essence out of you. Mostly absent parents and working-class roots have whittled Mim into a bare-boned self. She chooses liver over her favorite, egg salad, because it is the cheapest source of protein. When she befriends Kyra, a daughter of privilege who navigates the world with assured grace, Mim is forced to confront her fears, which have been masquerading as numbing frugality. But when Mim permits herself a measure of joy, a shocking accident forces her to retreat into her cocoon. Years later, Mim is forced out of complacency again, this time to track a missing Kyra across the treacherous landscape of Afghanistan. The plot lurches abruptly and loses steam when the setting moves to that war-torn country. But Kalotay (Sight Reading, 2013) is at her spellbinding best until then as she brilliantly recreates the yearnings of early adulthood for authentic relationships and a sure foothold on life.--Poornima Apte Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kalotay's latest (after Sight Reading) is a sharp portrait of an isolated woman seeking to understand a defining relationship of her past. Jumping from the Manhattan of the early 1990s to northeastern Afghanistan in the early 2010s, the novel centers on the friendship between Mim and Kyra, two young women from vastly different backgrounds. Mim, who later becomes a celebrated novelist, and Kyra, who leaves behind her upper-crust upbringing to work in humanitarian aid abroad, meet each other just after college, and end up sharing a room in Manhattan. Their closeness is entirely new to Mim, the novel's narrator, until a mutual loss forges a wall between them and they dramatically part ways. Twenty years later, Mim is presented with a stack of letters from Kyra and informed that she has gone missing from her NGO post abroad. Accompanied by Kyra's ex-husband, and leaving behind her own family, Mim sets off to Afghanistan to find Kyra. This ambitious novel is most successful in its early pages, particularly when Mim focuses on class differences between herself and the friends and lovers she pursues. But Mim's first-person recollections, and her quest across dangerous terrain abroad, are told so impassively as to feel almost cold-blooded. Still, the novel successfully raises important questions about decisions made on both intimate and global levels, and their consequences. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Female friendship -- Fiction.
Non-governmental organizations -- Afghanistan -- Employees -- Fiction.
Female friendship.
Non-governmental organizations -- Employees.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
New York (State) -- New York.
Publisher Evanston, Illinois :2019
Language English
Description 302 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9780810140561
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