- Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER AUDIO
- Format: CD-Audio | 9 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 150mm x 25mm | 295g
- Publication date: 31 July 2012
- Publication City/Country: Riverside
- ISBN 10: 1442350296
- ISBN 13: 9781442350298
- Edition: Unabridged
- Edition statement: Unabridged
- Sales rank: 134,470
The years-long "New York Times "bestseller soon to be a major motion picture from Spielberg's Dreamworks that is "irresistible...seductive...with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page" ("O, The Oprah Magazine"). After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a "gift from God," and against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
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ML Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia and now lives in London. This is her first novel.
"Haunting...Stedman draws the reader into her emotionally complex story right from the beginning, with lush descriptions of this savageand beautiful landscape, and vivid characters with whom we can readily empathize. Hers is a stunning and memorable debut."--"Booklist", starred review""