The Night Travellers

By Elizabeth Spencer

378 pages (approx.), 5 1/4 x 8 inches

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A Vietnam-era novel of love, protest, and fervent beliefs

Elizabeth Spencer is "a master storyteller" (San Francisco Chronicle), her work called "dazzling" by Walker Percy. Whether she's writing short stories or novels, Spencer is acclaimed for creating worlds of great depth, holding her worlds up to a light, and then turning them to see what they reflect. The Night Travellers, set in North Carolina and Montreal during the Vietnam War years, is a most revealing work.

Mary Kerr Harbison is a promising teenaged dancer when she meets Jefferson Blaise, an intellectual radical-in-the-making. He becomes a part of her life and--over the objections of Mary's wealthy, abusive mother--her husband.

Although Jeff's heart is devoted to Mary, his life is devoted to protesting the Vietnam War--at first through public rallies, later through guerilla tactics. As Jeff is drawn deeper and deeper into the movement, he and Mary are forced to go underground and eventually move to Canada. Jeff's activities keep him on the move, and Mary, living in Montreal, struggles to raise her daughter and make a life for herself.

An exploration of a dramatic period in our history, The Night Travellers is a powerful depiction of lives forever changed by political beliefs and fervidly held convictions.

Elizabeth Spencer is the author of nine novels, seven collections of short stories, a memoir, and a play. Her novella The Light in the Piazza (1960) was adapted for the screen in 1962 and transformed into a Tony-winning broadway musical of the same name in 2005. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

378 pages (approx.), 5 1/4 x 8 inches