Kevin Armstrong's stories introduce us to travelers, sailors, and indigenous peoples whose fates are both strange and compellingly familiar. A Tongan boy is raised as a girl and then transplanted to the American Midwest. A desperate widow seeks asylum for her young daughter, only to deliver her into the hands of a sexual predator. A sailor feels at home neither on land nor at sea.
Universal themes of love and belonging, distance and distraction tie together these singular stories, each set among the scattered islands of the Pacific Ocean. Magical, haunting, and dislocating, Night Watch hails the arrival of a fresh new voice.