The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep
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The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep

“This book won't let the reader sleep… a rich and disturbing literary thriller.”
—Annie Proulx

The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep, a novel published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin, March 2017
• Opening section published in The Walrus, January 2017
• To be published in the Ukraine by Nora Druk Publishers

“As rendered in Steven Heighton's The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep, Varosha is fantastically alluring, a place to seek refuge from the intrusive terrors of the 21st century — a ruin-as-paradise.”
Quill & Quire

“Steven Heighton writes with a beauty and a precision and a soul that's always astounded me. He captures the shock and trauma of war in a way that only a novelist at the height of his powers can. And he captures mid-leap that act of giving oneself completely to another in all its fragility and fear and grace that only a poet at the height of his powers can.” —Joseph Boyden

“This is a thrilling story, set in an abandoned and 'forbidden' village in Cyprus. Each character is uniquely drawn; the interactions between characters carefully nuanced. Steven Heighton creates an unexpected and absorbing cast, thrown together as a result of war and circumstance. He shows that despite the very real effects of trauma, individuals are capable of experiencing a world that can also be gentle, and forgiving. This is a book you will not put down!” —Frances Itani

“The plot is tense as the compelling characters come closer and closer to the dangerous edge—the easeful and charming Colonel Kaya, his viciously correct lieutenant, the psychologically damaged Elias, and the handful of refugee squatters who live in the ruins in fear of discovery, each of them with a troubled history, each hungry for love, acceptance and some kind of bearable life.” —Annie Proulx