The Night Rainbow

The Night Rainbow

ClaireKing / May 27, 2019

The Night Rainbow Under the sweltering heat of the summer sun five year old Pea and her vivid imagination run wild in the meadows behind her home on the edge of a small village in Southern France Pea s father died in

  • Title: The Night Rainbow
  • Author: ClaireKing
  • ISBN: 9781608199440
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • Under the sweltering heat of the summer sun, five year old Pea and her vivid imagination run wild in the meadows behind her home on the edge of a small village in Southern France.Pea s father died in an accident, and now she only has her little sister, Margot, for company Their mother is too sad to take care of them she left her happiness in the hospital last year, aUnder the sweltering heat of the summer sun, five year old Pea and her vivid imagination run wild in the meadows behind her home on the edge of a small village in Southern France.Pea s father died in an accident, and now she only has her little sister, Margot, for company Their mother is too sad to take care of them she left her happiness in the hospital last year, along with the first baby.Overwhelmed by grief, isolated from the other villagers, and pregnant again, Maman has withdrawn to a place where Pea cannot reach her, no matter how hard she tries.When Pea meets Claude, a neighbour who seems to love the meadow as she does, she wonders if he could be their new papa But the villagers view their friendship with suspicion What secret is Claude keeping in his strange, empty house Pea is a heroine you won t forget Maggie O Farrell Emotional and beautifully written, you ll be on tenterhooks throughout Stylist An original, beguiling debut about the consequences of an imaginatively lived life Marie Claire Perfect for reading groups.

    The Night Rainbow A Novel Reminiscent of Myla Goldberg s Bee Season and Emma Donoghue s Room but decidedly lighter, The Night Rainbow is an ode to childhood resilience with a blink and you ll miss it twist ending. The Night Rainbow by Claire King Feb , Community Reviews The Night Rainbow is told from the first person perspective of five year old Peony, called by the affectionate nickname of Pea Pea lives on the edge of a small village in the South of France, along with her heavily pregnant English mother and four year old Margot Their mother, Joanna, is overwhelmed by grief. The Night Rainbow Claire King Bloomsbury Publishing At once moving and gripping, elegant and spare, The Night Rainbow is a daring novel about a child faced with the baffling world of adult grief Claire King nails the voice of the child narrator from the first page Pea is a heroine you won t forget Maggie O Farrell. The Night Rainbow Claire King Watch the book trailer A poetic, engaging story with a slow burning plot set in the idyllic French countryside Reminiscent of Myla Goldberg s Bee Season and Emma Donoghue s Room but decidedly lighter, The Night Rainbow is an ode to childhood resilience Gorgeously written and deeply heartfelt, The Night Rainbow A Novel Kindle Edition Beautifully written, haunting, and full of surprises, The Night Rainbow is a novel about innocence and experience, grief and compassion, and the blessings and perils of imagination. Tales of a Night Rainbow, Kupuna of Moloka i TheSacred Tales from the Night Rainbow Mo olelo o na Po Makole, The Story of a Woman, a People, and an Island An oral history as told by Kaili ohe Kame ekua of Kamalo, Moloka i, In , Pasifika Foundation Hawai i provided the funding for the publication The Night Rainbow A Novel by Claire King, Paperback The Night Rainbow A Novel by Claire King It is summer in the south of France, and Pea and her little sister Margot spend their days running free, inventing games in the meadow behind their house But Pea has worries beyond her five and a half years Her father Night Rainbow YouTube Night Rainbow Reacts Children of the Night and Lullaby for a Princess Duration minutes. Moonbow A moonbow also known as a lunar rainbow or white rainbow , is a rainbow produced by moonlight rather than sunlight Other than the difference in the light source, its formation is the same as for a solar rainbow It is caused by the refraction of light in many water droplets, such as a rain shower or a waterfall, and is always positioned in the opposite part of the sky from the moon relative to the observer. Rainbow Fool For the Night Lyrics Metal Kingdom Lyrics Rainbow Fool For the Night Lyrics Black Turner I know just what you re thinking I know just how you feel Something sometimes inside you Say can t believe it s real So you re gonna play the game All the faces and the names And you know you r

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        Claire King grew up in Yorkshire, England and studied economics at Newnham College, Cambridge She spent the last twenty years working anywhere in business that allowed her to tell stories She has finally realised what she wants to be when she grows up Claire s prize winning short fiction has been published online and in print including The New Scientist, The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology and Writers Forum magazine In 2002 Claire moved to a ramshackle house in Southern France, where she lived for 14 years She now lives with her family in the Cotswolds.


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    1. I put down my copy of The Night Rainbow a few days ago and it is still tugging at my heartstrings. Tugging because inside its pages I met a child whose voice, whose world, whose entire existence was so utterly perfectly realised.We met in southern France in a blisteringly hot summer when Pea – short for Peony – was just five and a half years old. She spent that summer outside, running wild in the country and in her own imagination, with her little sister, Margot, in tow.Maman stayed inside. [...]


    2. No rating causes me as much consternation and angst as the three-star rating. In my time on , I've used it to mean everything from 'this was a great concept/something I was really looking forward to, but the execution was quite poor' to 'this was a really good book, but it just lacked something/wasn't essentially my kind of thing'. The Night Rainbow is another should-have-been-3-and-a-half (but I can't quite bring myself to give it 4). Claire King's debut is a thoroughly charming tale, full of a [...]


    3. A rather charming debut novel that deals with death and childhood sensitively and believably. I will look for more from this author.


    4. “Maman!The word seems to come out of me all on its own. I think it's strange my mouth would do that. The rest of my head knows she's never there.” This was something i never read before. I came across this book at a Bookconvention and thought that it would be fun to read from a little girls perspective. Well Pea, short for Peony, is the most smart and beautiful little five year old i have ever read about. We meet Pea in a very troubling time in her life. Her mother is depressed, because of t [...]


    5. A touching story of sadness , loss , death and grief see through the eyes of five year old Pea will at times break your heart . This is A beautifully written story of how Pea copes with her life and ultimately how kindness eases the pain .


    6. At five and a half, Pea understands that sometimes babies don't come home from the hospital, fathers die, and mothers need a lot of rest if they are pregnant again -- so Pea makes her own food, tries to tidy the house to cheer up Maman, and takes four-year-old Margot to play and eat peaches in the meadow. It's the kind of story that makes you want to adopt the main character; to jump through the pages, run in, and make it all right -- but we can only watch as Pea tries to mend her family.This is [...]


    7. Claire King's debut novel is an absolute delight with a narrator who will grab your heartstrings and never let go. Set in Southern France, during a blistering hot summer, this is the story of five year old Pea aka Peony aka Pivoine and her younger sister Margot. Their mother has retreated into herself following a miscarriage and the later death of their Papa. Maman is heavily pregnant again but Pea and Margot are left to their own devices, wandering the countryside where they meet up with Claude [...]


    8. This book made me laugh and cry, something which rarely happens for me the writing is lyrical and beautiful, the story is all embracing; impossible to put down, and the twists are subtle and satisfying. Pea, the central character is someone i won't forget in a long, long time.


    9. It's hard to put into words just how good this book is. I normally read crime and psychological thrillers, so it was refreshing to look at another genre for a change. In a nutshell it is about how a little girl copes with her mother heavily pregnant (and barely capable of scraping a meal together) and an absent (deceased) father. It takes place during a hot summer in rural France and follows Pea as she explores her world, tries to make sense of what is happening and struggles to look after herse [...]



    10. The story is told through the character of Pea aged five and a half. Writing in a child's voice gives a different perspective but brings with it potential difficulties for the reader. It needs to be credible enough for the reader to recognise the child within yet have sufficient depth of language to tell the story and maintain interest. 'Room' by Emma Donoghue is one of my favourite books but the first half of the book is much stronger and the child's voice becomes less convincing as the story r [...]


    11. “You should be careful with opening doors to secrets, says Claude. Sometimes secrets are secrets because that's the best way.”"The Night Rainbow", follows Pea and her little sister, Margot as they spend their days running free, inventing games in the meadow behind their house. But Pea starts to worry, because recently her father has died in an accident, and her mother has just lost a baby. Pea's mother is English so she is already isolated in this small French village and begins to retreat e [...]


    12. I can't say I've read any books written from the perspective of a child as young as Five and a half. The Night Rainbow by Claire King provides us with the voice of Pea who lives in the south of France with her younger sister Margot, and her mother. Pea is tasked with helping her mother feel happier after having lost her husband and child in the same year and with helping her sister Margot create new games for them to play in their expansive fields. Pea and Margot are definitely independant, fun [...]


    13. First of all let me just say this book made me feel all the feels!The Night Rainbow is a beautifully written book about 5 year old Pea and her Maman (Mother). After the death of her new born baby and her husband Joanna is in a serious depression, neglecting her daughter and spending all of her time in bed. Pea and Margot look after themselves, spending their days out in the meadow and in the beautiful French countryside. Maman does not feed them properly or bathe them and they are basically lef [...]


    14. Telling a story, especially an adult story, from the point of view of a child is a very difficult thing to get right. Among authors who have been successful in achieving this are Emma Donoghue in Room, John Boyne in The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and John Harding in Florence & Giles. With the publication of The Night Rainbow, Claire King joins their ranks.Pea and her sister Margot live with their English mother in the south of France. Their French father died a few months previously and mama [...]


    15. This is an amazing, must read book. It's not my usual genre - which is romance, which I read like crack! But it is sooooo beautiful. I read this for a real life book group I am part of and I'm so glad my friend picked this as it's very different to anything I've read in a long time.It is told from five year old Pea's pov and her voice is very strong and real. If you've ever been lonely or unhappy as a child Pea will take you right back there to those feelings. This book broke my heart but it als [...]


    16. I picked The Night Rainbow up from the library on my way out of town without a clue about the subject or author, solely on the recommendation of a relative who wanted to discuss it when our vacations at the same cottage overlapped this summer. I read this through in one day, beginning to end. It has short chapters, which made it easy to put down when I needed to see to dinner or tuck my daughter into bed. The short chapters also made it easy to sneak one in while tending a pot on the stove or wa [...]


    17. This is a haunting story, narrated by a little girl whose pregnant, recently widowed mother is lost in grief. Unique and intense in a quiet way, The Night Rainbow transports the reader back to the thought processes and perceptions of a young child. You see the world through her eyes. I suspect it takes a talented writer to do this, and Claire King has succeeded beautifully! A few colorful characters lend warmth and some humor - a welcome relief to the underlying loneliness. Parts are funny, and [...]


    18. Een ontroerend en tegelijk grappig boek dat je helemaal in het zuiden van Frankrijk doet wanen. Ik hou sowieso van boeken die geschreven zijn vanuit het perspectief van een kind zonder dat het kinderachtig is. De meeste auteurs kunnen dat best goed, maar de vertelstijl in dit boek was zo overtuigend en zo écht dat ik er nu van uit ga dat er ergens in een klein dorpje in Zuid Frankrijk meisje rondloopt dat Pea heet. Een aanrader.


    19. Claire King's debut novel, The Night Rainbow, is a beautiful book. Set in the French countryside, it is a poignant and gripping story written from the point of view of five-year-old girl whose mother is too grief-stricken to properly care for her. Read full review at Wordhorse. wordhorse/review-the


    20. The Night Rainbow, Claire King’s debut novel, has been highly praised by such firmly established novelists as Joanne Harris and Maggie O’Farrell. It has been promised that the book is ‘an unforgettable novel about innocence and experience, grief and compassion and the dangers of an overactive imagination’.The Night Rainbow is told from the first person perspective of five-year-old Peony, called by the affectionate nickname of Pea. Pea lives on the edge of a small village in the South of [...]


    21. This Review was first published on my blog Lecture toute une AventureMy opinion:This is really a sweet and moving story, some parts are a little sad but as a whole it ‘s really a great tales about the children’s resources and their view of the world. It’s was quite magical and I could not avoid to tear a little from time to time especially since I understood early the double meaning but it’s not a book you want to give up once started. You get quickly fond of Pea and you want to see her [...]


    22. This is one of those books that should have been an extremely upsetting and difficult book to read due to the subject matter - a mother is engulfed in grief after the loss of a baby and her husband in an accident - but this book becomes extremely poignant, magical and heartwarming due to the story being told from the perspective by the daughter Pea. Her innocence and imagination as a 5 year old girl who just wants to make her 'Maman' smile and have happy days is beautifully expressed and has you [...]


    23. The Night Rainbow is a wonderfully involving novel that transports the reader to, not only the meadows of France, but also a life of isolation. Everything about Claire King’s debut is questioning and desolate. The reader is left constantly pondering nuances of the melancholy world and the characters. Each member of the cast is a portrait of sadness. They each hold their burdens, none more so than the central character, Pea.Claire writes about the missing piece of people’s lives with a sharp [...]


    24. A lovely book that's well written. In points quite moving as well, and sometimes it has something special about it, but not always. To me it also felt like the middle part was a bit long and the ending a bit short, but otherwise a good read.


    25. Feel good roman met een ondertoon van het werkelijke leven. In prachtige poëtische zinnen wordt het leven op het platteland in Frankrijk beschreven. De zon brand op je huid, de stof komt van de paden, de velden vol met bloemen. Dit boek is de debuut roman van Claire King, die na haar studie economie aan Cambridge en twintig jaar in het bedrijfsleven heeft gewerkt. Daarnaast is een bekroond schrijfster van korte verhalen. Momenteel woont ze in Zuid-Frankrijk, in de Langedoc Ruissillon met haar m [...]


    26. Pea and Margot are lonely. Their beloved Papa has died in a tragic accident, and Maman is exhausted with grief and with the extra exertion that comes in a woman’s final few months of pregnancy. The girls do everything possible to help their mother – stay out of the house, clean up, make meals, and take care of themselves while Maman sleeps – but her despair seems to grow. Rescue from their own growing despondency comes in the form of a mysterious man. He looks scary but is not and soon pro [...]


    27. "You can't mend everything that gets broken." Its one of the best birthday present I could ever ask for. Some books make your heart open in such a way you didn't know was possible. The Night Rainbow is a very special book. Pea is a character you'll get attached to very easily. I fell in love with the author's writing style. To read from a child's perspective changes the way you think and feel.


    28. “We stand in the courtyard and wonder where we will go today, although the answer has been the same for two summers, one winter and a birthday. Our choosing began when Maman came back from hospital last year. She had changed from fat to thin, but she didn’t bring back a baby like she promised. She left it at the hospital, along with her happiness”.This is a beautifully written and poignant story and I totally fell in love with Pea. When the story begins we are introduced to the narrator, 5 [...]


    29. "This all began when Maman came back from hospital last summer, but she didn't bring back a baby like she promised, she left it at the hospital, along with her happiness"This is the beginning of the story of The Night Rainbow, narrated by five-year-old Pea who is accompanied by her little sister Margot. The girls live in an old, shabby farmhouse in rural France with their mother. Maman is doubly grief-stricken, mourning both her lost baby and Pea's Papa who died in an accident. Heavily pregnant [...]


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