About The Book
The author of Wild at Heart and The Wild Life of Sailor and Lula writes of what Tennessee Williams called ‘something wild in the country/that only the night people know.” He draws his characters from the shadows of the Deep South, where they confront the chaotic horror of the United States at the end of the twentieth century.
“If my people ever met Gifford’s, they’d get along great.” –Elmore Leonard
“Night People is the work of a talented writer with a strange and original way of looking at the world. . . . The stories [are] gory and deviant . . . stylishly and humorously told.” –John Elsen, The New York Times Book Review
“A careening, half-hilarious, half-harrowing ride through the American South.” –Michael Hainey, Details
“Barry Gifford is a voice chuckling in the wilderness. You read him gleefully, with a terrified grin, fearful of becoming demented yourself.” –Philip Kaufman, filmmaker, Henry and June
“Gifford’s night people are pure American . . . pure in their madness . . . in their evil . . . and to read about . . . pure pleasure.” –Alan Cheuse, “All Things Considered,” National Public Radio
“Night People will enrage pious partisans of both the religious right and the politically correct left, but will utterly delight lovers of good satire and thrill-a-minute road stories. Very highly recommended.” –Library Journal