A Northern Light

A Northern Light

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Mattie Gokey has a word for everything. She collects words, stores them up as a way of fending off the hard truths of her life, the truths that she can't write down in stories.
The fresh pain of her mother's death. The burden of raising her sisters while her father struggles over his brokeback farm. The mad welter of feelings Mattie has for handsome but dull Royal Loomis, who says he wants to marry her. And the secret dreams that keep her going--visions of finishing high school, going to college in New York City, becoming a writer.
Yet when the drowned body of a young woman turns up at the hotel where Mattie works, all her words are useless. But in the dead woman's letters, Mattie again finds her voice, and a determination to live her own life.
Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy, " this coming-of-age novel effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, and real, and wholly original.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 566.99g
  • Harcourt Children's Books
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • English
  • 0152167056
  • 9780152167059
  • 1,141,515

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"In an intelligent, colloquial voice that speaks with a writer's love of language and an observant eye, Mattie details the physical particulars of people's lives as well as deeper issues of race, class, and gender as she strains against family and societal expectations. . . . Many teens will connect with Mattie's fierce yearning for independence and for stories, like her own, that are frank, messy, complicated, and inspiring." --"Booklist" (starred review)
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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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