Night Letter

Recorded Books. Jan. 2023. 12:07 hrs. ISBN 9781705072936. $24.99. F
Watson (The Committee) reunites listeners with Travis and Delia, characters from his 2002 novel Sweet Dream Baby. Newly released from reform school after stabbing a boy in self-defense, 18-year-old Travis Hollister returns to Panama City, FL, to reconnect with the love of his life, Aunt Delia. Six years earlier, as a conflicted 12-year-old healing from his parents’ separation, Travis fell in love with his 16-year-old aunt. Back at the reform school, psychiatrist Dr. Janeway feels that Travis has never fully opened up to him and expects that he may be unable to rejoin society successfully. Against those odds, Travis tentatively picks up past relationships and forms new ones as he works as a busboy and tries to come to terms with his past actions and misdeeds. Narrator Nick Walther skillfully communicates the story’s emotional depth, bringing Travis’s fragile heart into the foreground. Walther ably conveys Travis’s roughness and regret, making him a character to root for.
VERDICT An affecting coming-of-age story that will have listeners hoping that Travis will find a path forward to a healthy, happy future. Recommended for fans of Charles Davis’s Drifting South.
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