The Night Bell
"This is a beautiful, painstaking account of a daughter’s fraught relationship with her father. It is full of meticulous observation and sharp knowledge of the power of cruelty and the power of love. The tone is astringent and graceful, cool and detached, but the undertone is one of deep and abiding pain. The clarity of the writing alone offers a sort of healing." — Colm Tóibín
The Times Literary Supplement wrote: “[The] floating apart, of present from past
and of one identity from another, is the concern of Weiler's lucid and intelligent novel. … Unlike many novels in the same broad subject category, The Night Bell resorts neither
to melodrama nor to grimness; nor does it attempt to give reasons for the onset and
slowly destructive course of Christof’s alcoholism. Instead, Weiler’s style offers its own illumination. She skillfully allows individual incidents to take on significance. ...
The movement between recollection and present observation is beautifully paced.”
— Annmarie Drury (TLS, July 27, 2001)