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That Night Alive


Tara Deal

September 2016. ISBN 978-188116-360-2

Winner of the 2016 Novella Prize

Part futuristic fiction and part
meditative memoir, That Night
begins on the narrator's
death date and moves backward
in time to tell her story. She
traces her path as a successful
crypto-reporter, navigating a life
of secrecy and solitude and world
travel. A counter-narrative
intersects, told by the same woman
as a young artist struggling to create
a work of beauty. That Night Alive
investigates art and failure,
and success.

Reviews & Such

"a futuristic, contemplative
meditation on the transitory
nature of life, the suffocation
induced by a world under
surveillance, and the eternal
struggle to funnel creative
expression into a work that
will live long after its creator."
Heavy Feather Review, May 2017.

"completely riveting from first page to last" – Midwest Book Review, November 2016.

A microreview of That Night Alive appeared in Nerds of a Feather Flock Together in October 2016: "The novella reads as a perfect amalgamation of poetry and prose."

"a tightly written and successful novella"– Melissa Reddish, Small Press Book Review, September 2016.

"Beautifully paced, That Night Alive records a woman’s yearning to make something lasting in a post-apocalyptic world of surveillance and subterfuge where genuine art is forbidden. Tara Deal’s ambitious, inventive, continually surprising, and finely etched novella immerses us in a woman’s struggles and rewards the most close and attentive reading."
—Lee Upton

"In Tara Deal's That Night Alive moments as vivid and complex as any actually lived weave a narrative of compelling intimacy. Unexpected images ask to be unpacked, considered, and remembered. The narrative plays with time in a language that provokes curiosity as we progress into the text and its world."
—Andrew Davison

About the Author

Tara Deal is a writer in New York City. Her previous novella, Palms Are Not Trees After All, won the 2007 novella prize from Texas Review Press. Her shortest story can be found in Hint Fiction (Norton).