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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 21st birthday celebratory ed
  • 0747589968
  • 9780747589969

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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 Turowshow 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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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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