Episode 25: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
In Good Morning, Midnight, the world has gone silent. No sound filters through to Augustine, a research scientist who refused to obey the evacuation order given to his arctic research center; likewise, Sully and her four fellow astronauts hear nothing from Earth on their journey back from Jupiter. The world was there one day and the next day it wasn't; no one knows why. These two characters, one in the farthest reaches of earth, the other in the farthest reaches of space, are forced to confront not just their uncertain futures but also their pasts: what was lost and what willingly relinquished, what was mourned and what regretted, what they aspired to, and the price they paid.
Lily Brooks-Dalton talks about how her job, one winter, at a New England public radio station planted the seed for this novel, about her choice to write what one of our readers termed "the quietest post-apocalyptic book I've ever read" ("Plot and action are not tools that my writerly self reaches for"), and about her decision to end with a cliffhanger ("Coming to a culmination in a place of not knowing is so much of what life is").