The Night Language (Paperback)

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The Night Language (Paperback)


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One of my favorite books in the last ten years! Inspired by real events, The Night Language tells the story of a young prince taken from the Abyssinian battlefield (present-day Ethiopia) to live in the court of Queen Victoria. This is a beautifully written story of friendship, love, loss, and societal repression.

— From Wendy's Picks

Bronze medal winner for the Foreword INDIES Award for best LGBT Fiction

The Night Language tells the story of a young man, Prince Alamayou of Abyssinia (present day Ethiopia), who is taken from his home and the Abyssinian war to the court of Queen Victoria--a world he knows nothing about.

With him is Philip Layard, a young apprentice to one of the doctors on the battlefield in Abyssinia, who becomes Alamayou's guardian, only friend, and eventually, the love of his life. When Parliament accuses Alamayou of murder, the young prince is sentenced to return to Abyssinia where he will be executed.

Alamayou's only hope comes from the very thing that cannot be uttered: the unexpected and forbidden love between him and Philip.

Inspired by true events, The Night Language is a unique novel of love, loss, and the consequences of repressive societies.
David Rocklin is the author of The Luminist and the founder/curator of Roar Shack, a monthly reading series in Los Angeles. He was born and raised in Chicago and now lives in LA with his wife, daughters and a 150 lb Great Dane who seriously needs to stay on his own bed. He's currently at work on his next novel, The Electric Love Song of Fleischl Berger.
Product Details ISBN: 9781945572487
ISBN-10: 1945572485
Publisher: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book
Publication Date: November 14th, 2017
Pages: 322
Language: English