April 22, 2021
Julie Carrick Dalton
Forge Books / Macmillan
Fiction / Mystery
Hardcover, 336 pages

Cadie Kessler has spent decades trying to cover up one truth. One moment. But deep down, didn’t she always know her secret would surface?

An urgent message from her long-estranged best friend Daniela Garcia brings Cadie, now a forestry researcher, back to her childhood home. There, Cadie and Daniela are forced to face a dark secret that ended both their idyllic childhood bond and the magical summer that takes up more space in Cadie’s memory than all her other years combined.

Now grown up, bound by long-held oaths, and faced with truths she does not wish to see, Cadie must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves, as drought, foreclosures, and wildfire spark tensions between displaced migrant farmworkers and locals trying to adjust to a changing environment.

Amazon Editors' Pick for Best Books of the Month: "This debut novel, which tackles issues as broad as climate change and racism, will rightly be compared to Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing... has the lyricism of a poem and the pacing of a thriller. Dalton is a writer to watch."
Dear Reader, 

Welcome to the wilds of New Hampshire! Waiting for the Night Song, set among the mountains, lakes, and forests dear to my heart, is a story of a fierce and haunting friendship, questionable decisions made to protect the people and places we love, and the true meaning of home. Allow yourself to disappear into the wonder of the woods. But don’t get too comfortable. Even the most idyllic forests usually harbor something sinister. 

Cadie Kessler is trying to prove an invasive insect is putting the forest at risk of wildfire. When she gets a message from a friend in trouble she has a decision to make: Stay and fight for her forest, or go home and help an estranged friend. How far would you go to help a long-absent friend? Could you live with yourself if you didn’t drop everything to protect them?

I hope you enjoy your time in the forest with Cadie.

Best wishes,

Julie Carrick Dalton
 Book Club Menu and Recipe
The image that launched Waiting for the Night Song was of young girls in a rowboat picking blueberries from a wild shoreline, lush with berry bushes, pine trees, and sugar maples.

I let my blueberry and maple syrup obsessions run wild as I created a sweet and savory brunch menu featuring to-die-for maple-walnut scones with an easy blueberry compote, blueberry and brie grilled cheese sandwiches, a bright summer salad, and a blueberry mimosa (or a non-alcoholic version).

-Julie Carrick Dalton
New Hampshire Brunch Menu

Blueberry and Brie Grilled Cheese

Watercress Salad with Blueberries

Blueberry Mimosa 
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