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Series: NYRB Classics
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Nothing but the Night
John Williams’s first novel is a brooding psychological noir. Arthur Maxley is a young man at the end of his emotional rope. Having dropped out of college, he’s holed up in a big-city hotel, living off an allowance from his family, feeling nothing but alone and doing nothing but drinking to forget it. What’s brought him to this point? Something is troubling him, something is haunting him, something he cannot bring himself either to face or to turn away from. And now his father has come to town, a hail-fellow-well-met kind of guy. They’ve been estranged for years, and yet Arthur wants to meet—and so he does, reeling away from the encoun- ter for a night of drinking and dancing and a final reckoning with the traumatizing past that readers will not soon forget.
Nothing But the Night includes an interview with Nancy Williams, John Williams’s widow.
[Nothing but the Night] ranks alongside Conrad Aiken's ghostly "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" as a study in madness...An affecting but sometimes tentative portrait of mental illness.