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Historical novel explores phenomenon of night terrors

Two women from different eras are at the heart of Kristina McMorris’s novel “The Pieces We Keep.” But the private struggles of another character provide a fascinating depiction of a surprisingly common phenomenon.

Audra Hughes is a young mother living in present-day Portland, Ore., with 7-year-old son Jack. She is still grieving two years after her husband’s death, while Jack is afflicted with violent recurring night terrors.

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