Heartbreak and grief touch every soul at least once in a lifetime and Ranata Suzuki translates those raw emotions into words. The Longest Night combines strikingly poignant quotations, powerfully emotive poetry and captivating silhouette imagery to form a mournful lover's journal that explores a side of love that is deep, dark and hauntingly beautiful.
Each of the book's elements are skilfully woven together to reveal fragments of thoughts and feelings that seem almost to belong to the reader as years of painful longing are condensed into the context of a single night.
The journal begins with 'Sunset', in which poems convey the initial feelings of shock and loss first felt when a relationship with a loved one ends. As the poetry descends into an emotional downward spiral, the book progresses into its next chapter, 'Darkness', in which emptiness, jealousy, sorrow and despair are passionately portrayed.
The concluding chapter, 'First Light', sees the gradual dawning of a new outlook. The final poems express a gratitude for what once was, an acceptance of what now is, and come to the uplifting conclusion that even though a relationship can be fated to end tragically, the memories gained and lessons learned from it are, in their own way, treasured gifts that will last a lifetime.
A book for anyone who has found themselves separated from someone they love no matter the circumstance, The Longest Night is a companion for the broken heart on the painful emotional journey that that is losing someone you love from your life. Its words serve as a comforting reminder, whether you are travelling this road or have recently completed this journey yourself, that despite the loneliness you may sometimes feel along the way none of us walk this path alone.
"The Longest Night by Ranata Suzuki is a stellar debut chaotically ensnarled in emotion - in the best way possible. If you want to relate, cry, and potentially heal through the power of words and shared experiences, this collection is undoubtedly for you."
- Preston Smith - Fuzzable.com
"The most painful and emotional poetry book I have read in a very long time.
The Longest Night draws the reader in by speaking of the painful ending of a relationship then continues to reflects on that love, heartache and a sense of healing."
- Isaly Holland - The Diverse Reader
"I felt beyond grateful when I realized, as soon as I started reading, that The Longest Night puts on paper exactly what's been circling my mind for the past year, and only recently begun receding bit by bit. The 'About the Author' section voiced it best: 'her voice will move you quite simply because it sounds so much like the voice inside your own heart.' "
- Natalie Kremer - BookSpoils