Late Nights On Air

by Sasha Williams, SUNY Cortland, May 28, 2008

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The structure and style of this novel gives the reader an intimate understanding of each character. The thought of living in such a small community, like Yellowknife, seems claustrophobic, but for Dido, Harry, Gwen, and other characters, it is a safe haven. It is a place where they can develop.

Dido, who is a protagonist—in her own right—affects everyone she encounters, men and women alike. Dido’s character supports that idea that a single individual living in a small community can cause havoc.

Dido’s intentions of fleeing the love triangle she created between her husband and father-in-law leads her to the North, where her imperfect, charismatic, personality mesmerizes the people at the small radio station of Yellowknife. Dido finds herself, yet again, in another love triangle. In describing Dido's ability to attract people, Hay says, “It was like being close to a beehive, the steady hum of light and attraction, and the mystery at the core.”

Hay’s brilliant usage of intertextualities, similes, and metaphors illuminate the journey or pilgrimage the characters embarked on—all of whom merged upon the radio station in Yellowknife.

Late Nights on Air is a page-turner for all who relish the art of words.

Late Nights on Air
, Counterpoint Press, 2008.

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