A Gathering Light

A Gathering Light : 21 Great Bloomsbury Reads for the 21st Century

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Based on a real murder at the turn of the century, this outstanding debut novel is a powerful and moving coming-of-age book. Mattie is torn between her familial responsibilities, her desire to be a writer, and the excitement of a first romance. Her dilemmas and choices are reflected in the life of a young woman found drowned in a lake, a woman that Mattie only gets to know through reading her letters. When finally the tales of Mattie and the drowned girl merge, their stories beautifully combine in a brilliant and perfect conclusion.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 129 x 198mm | 445g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 21st birthday celebratory ed
  • 0747589968
  • 9780747589969

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"A wonderfully rich, involving and beautifully written book." (Guardian)
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'A wonderfully rich, involving and beautifully written book' Guardian 'Nobody got fed whilst I read A Gathering Light. If George Clooney had walked into the room I would have told him to come back later' Dinah Hall, Sunday Telegraph 'Breathtakingly good' Daily Mail 'A remarkable debut, a book that sweeps across the genre boundaries of murder, mystery, romance and historical fiction gripping and touching' Scott Turow
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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.
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32,407 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 27% (8,817)
4 39% (12,561)
3 26% (8,281)
2 6% (2,094)
1 2% (654)
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