A Gathering Light

A Gathering Light

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When Mattle is given the letters by a guest at the hotel in which she has a summer job she thinks that the giver is simply upset. But the next day when the woman is found drowned in Big Moose Lake Mattie has to decide if she will read the letters, or burn them as the woman requested. But Mattie has problems enough of her own as she is growing up and trying to decide on her future. Her desire to be a writer and her dreams of life outside the small rural community in which she has always lived are beginning to overwhelm her. Will Mattie make it away from home? Will she leave the family and boyfriend who both love and smother her? Will she be like her friend and settle to married life or like her other friend and mentor the poet Ms Wilcox. Slowly the two stories merge to one amazing conclusion as Mattie finds the courage to make very important decisions. Set in 1906 and built around the real life murder of a young woman in a popular holiday resort this novel is touching, surprising, moving and compelling.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Audio cassette
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747577641
  • 9780747577645
  • 2,173,182

Review quote

'The wonderfully confident debut by Jennifer Donnelly' Lindsay Fraser, Sunday Herald 'A Gathering Light is a remarkable debut, a book that sweeps across the genre boundaries of murder, mystery, romance, and historical fiction-resulting in an original novel that is both gripping and touching' Scott Turow 'If ever a book deserved to cross over, this is it ... this is a wonderfully rich, involving and beautifully written book' Adele Geras, Guardian 'Part history, part compelling murder mystery, Jennifer Donnelly's A Gathering Light brings the past to powerful and vivid life' Celia Reesshow more

About Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is her first novel and marks the beginning of an incredibly assured and confident literary voice.show more

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4 39% (12,561)
3 26% (8,281)
2 6% (2,094)
1 2% (654)
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