The Light We Lost
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The Light We Lost

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The New York Times Bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

"This love story between Lucy & Gabe spans decades and continents as two star-crossed lovers try to return to each other...Will they ever meet again? This book kept me up at night, turning the pages to find out, and the ending did not disappoint."--Reese Witherspoon "One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag."--The Skimm "Extraordinary."--Emily Giffin He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last? Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story--their story--at the very beginning. Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated--perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other's hearts. This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation. "It's the epic love story of 2017."--Redbook
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 155 x 234 x 25mm | 408g
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 1524778338
  • 9781524778330
  • 489,273

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"Jill Santopolo s extraordinary debut novel is a love story--an emotional roller coaster--that follows the lives of Lucy and Gabe who meet in New York City on September 11, 2001. The event transforms and shadows their lives. How do they reconcile passion and security, dreams and reality? As The Light We Lost enchanted and compelled me, I found myself reconsidering my own choices, and wondering at the choices of my friends and the people around me--how did their dreams match their realities? And what if that dream can t include the person you love the most?" Delia Ephron, New York Times bestselling author of Siracusa

What can be more devastating than love? In her adult debut, Santopolo explores thirteen tumultuous years in the lives of two unique lovers, the difference between what s forever and what s finite, and how what seems fated might not be fact. Gorgeously written and absolutely unforgettable, Santopolo s novel has a beating heart all its own. Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You, Is This Tomorrow, and Cruel Beautiful World

In this intense, deeply moving novel, Jill Santopolo vividly illuminates how our personal lives and loves are changed by the common and uncommon events of our troubled world." Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of The Island House
Santopolo nailed the thrill and devastation that love can cause.I was gutted from the start and didn't put the book down until I was sobbing at the end.Witty, romantic and intensely moving, this book made me feel everything! Renee Carlino, USA Today bestselling author ofBefore We Were Strangers

Evocative, raw and at times breathlessly heartbreaking, Jill Santopolo s The Light We Lost is a page-turner that explores the intersection of fate and choice in our relationships. In this honest portrayal of love and loss, Santopolo leaves us wondering about serendipity and the existence of that one, true love. An emotional rollercoaster of a story that won t let you go even after the last page is turned. Karma Brown, bestselling author of Come Away with Me
"We couldn't stop turning the pages of The Light We Lost. Santopolo took us on a journey of missed chances, regret and uncertainty that left us pondering our own choices. The love story of Lucy and Gabe is one that will stay with you long after you finish." Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of The Status of All Things
"The Light We Lost is a beautiful, moving meditation on the choices we make in pursuit of love and a meaningful life, and the consequences that shape our futures." Bethany Chase, author of The One That Got Away
Jill Santopolo's debut is a breathless, sexy, sweeping love story set against the backdrop of the defining moment of this century. Filled with light and hope, this is the romance we're all looking for. Brenda Bowen, author of Enchanted August
"This is such a heart-felt story about both the bliss and torment of love. It s clear that Jill has tremendous affection for her characters and so did I. It was fascinating to me that Gabe is a photographer, because Jill herself has an amazingly sharp eye, zooming in on emotions and the small ways in which they change while also pulling back for a wide-angle view of Lucy and Gabe s relationship during the course of a tumultuous decade. I am not a weeper but dammit if I wasn t crying at the end." Jane O'Connor, New York Times bestselling author
A beautiful, powerful and sexy novel, The Light We Lost grabbed me from the beginning and just refused to let go. Santopolo has given us a remarkable love story that enthralled me, surprised me, and ultimately, moved me. I couldn't put it down. Thomas Christopher Greene, author of IfI Forget You
"The scale of this book's ambition is matched only by Santopolo's flawless execution. 9/11, love, sex, war, Shakespeare, American foreign policy The Light We Losthas it all, illuminating so much of what our generation and what we in the media have lived through for fifteen years. The arc of this book, from the fall of the Twin Towers to a love letter written from the Middle East, gracefully and tragically charts the course not only of a genuine and deep love, but also that of our country and of our collective identities. It is memorable and haunting, because it is authentic and so close to home." Nick Schifrin, PBS NewsHour Special Correspondent, NPR Correspondent"
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About Jill Santopolo

Jill Santopolo received a BA in English literature from Columbia University and an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She's the author of three successful children's and young-adult series and works as the Associate Publisher of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Santopolo travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. She is the New York Times bestselling author of More Than Words and The Light We Lost, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick. She lives in New York City.
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58,718 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
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3 21% (12,592)
2 7% (4,240)
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