Thanksgiving Night Kooky relatives, drunken antics, and near-death experiences are fodder enough for three tomes. Richard Bausch packs all that and a hostage situation into Thanksgiving Night… Thanksgiving Night Kooky relatives, drunken antics, and near-death experiences are fodder enough for three tomes. Richard Bausch packs all that and a hostage situation into Thanksgiving Night… 2006-10-03 Fiction HarperCollins
Book Review

Thanksgiving Night (2006)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 03, 2006; Writer: Richard Bausch; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: HarperCollins

Kooky relatives, drunken antics, and near-death experiences are fodder enough for three tomes. Richard Bausch packs all that and a hostage situation into Thanksgiving Night, his 10th novel, eschewing schmaltz and eliciting uncommon emotions (compassion for a cheating husband, ire for a wronged wife) at every stage. Even his use of a cliché family celebration is easily forgiven; the November day is just one of many described in vivid, unfussy prose. (Of an August afternoon: ''Stillness. Not even an airplane in the sky. Some celestial creature landing here might think the whole world a quiet place, deserted or abandoned.'') For this, we are thankful.

Originally posted Sep 29, 2006 Published in issue #900 Oct 06, 2006 Order article reprints