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August 10, 2016

Book Notes - Annie DeWitt "White Nights in Split Town City"

White Nights in Split Town City

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Annie DeWitt's debut White Nights in Split Town City is one of the year's finest novels.

Publishers Weekly wrote of the book:

"DeWitt's novel is a powerful and haunting debut from an author who has an ear for lyricism and an eye on what is hidden just beneath the surface."


In her own words, here is Annie DeWitt's Book Notes music playlist for her debut novel White Nights in Split Town City:


The first album I ever memorized in its entirety and could sing before I could read was Kenny Rogers. In his voice there was the sound of voices on the margins - those similarly obsessed with story and the countryside. Exploring what it meant it to have family. What it meant to be lonely. What it meant to take off your ring in a bar in Toledo across from the depot. But I digress. And yet ~ have you ever stood in a college beer hall listening to classic rock and pictured your Mother's silver Honda Civic barreling down country roads in early 1991? The voice of Hall and Oates "Out of Touch" or Juice Newton's "Angel Of The Morning" booming out of your lungs like an anthem. Remember what it was to be twelve in the age before the internet started. It was summer. The slip n' slide outside lined the yard and the sprinkler was ready for running. You wore your best two piece and shimmied to "Billie Jean" on the brown grosgrain carpet of your living room, not really understanding it entirely but hearing the funk and the beat and feeling like your limbs moved unconsciously. As an adult, have you ever run down the West Side highway at night - watching the boats come in to the harbor - and belted out "I Want To Know What Love Is" and really, truly, meant it? I have. Jean has too. We hope you'll enjoy the nostalgia.



Out of Touch – Hall & Oates
Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Eternal Flame - The Bangles
Angel of The Morning – Juice Newton
She's a Maniac - Flashdance
Fields of Gold – Sting
Hard Habit To Break- Chicago
I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner
What A Feeling – Flashdance
Rush, Rush - Paula Abdul
I Don’t Want To Cry – Mariah Carey
Justify My Love - Madonna
Listen To Your Heart – Roxette
Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston
I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
Wherever You Go Whatever You Do – Richard Marks
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt
Don’t Stop Believin - Journey
Leather and Lace – Stevie Nicks
For Free - Joni Mitchell
Another Day In Paradise- Phil Collins
Better Not Tell Her - Carly Simon
Every Breath You Take – The Police
Poison - Bel Biv Divoe
San Francisco – Scott McKensie
Little Brown Jug – Glenn Miller
Rhythm Nation – Janet Jackson
We Didn't Start The Fire – Bill Joel
Hold On – Wilson Phillips
The End of The World - Skeeter Davis
Song Without Words, “Confidence,” Op. 19, No. 4 – Mendelssohn
Sonatina, Op. 55, No. 1 – Fr. Kulau


Annie DeWitt and White Nights in Split Town City links:

the author's website
excerpt from the book

Bookforum review
Electric Literature review
Publishers Weekly review

Interview magazine interview with the author
Los Angeles Review of Books interview with the author
The Rumpus interview with the author


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