A Sudden Light

A Sudden Light

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The bestselling author of "The Art of Racing in the Rain" presents a long-awaited new novel in which a boy trying to save his parents' marriage uncovers a vast legacy of family secrets.
In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant whole trees and is set on a huge estate overlooking Seattle's Puget Sound. Trevor's bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch the ailing and elderly Grandpa Samuel to a nursing home, sell off the house and property for development, divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.
But as Trevor explores the house's secret stairways and hidden rooms, he discovers a spirit lingering in Riddell House whose agenda is at odds with the family plan. Only Trevor's willingness to face the dark past of his forefathers will reveal the key to his family's future.
Spellbinding and atmospheric, "A Sudden Light" is rich with unconventional characters, scenes of transcendent natural beauty, and unforgettable moments of emotional truth that reflect Garth Stein's outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation--a triumphant work of a master storyteller at the height of his power.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 396 pages
  • 163 x 236 x 33mm | 680g
  • New York
  • English
  • 1439187037
  • 9781439187036

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"Take equal parts mystery, lyrical magic, and a healthy dose of natural wonder, add a multi-generational family struggling with the ghosts of the past, literally and figuratively, and you have A Sudden Light--a beautiful, deeply thought-provoking story that is impossible to put down."--Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
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12,540 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 20% (2,529)
4 37% (4,692)
3 30% (3,741)
2 10% (1,226)
1 3% (352)

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A Sudden Light by Garth Stein is book that promises a spooky, somewhat Gothic tale of a house, a family, and a timber fortune. It delivers a multigenerational family saga about a dysfunctional family and the power of relationships to build up and to destroy. The writing and imagery is artistic, but the fourteen year old narrator and the story are less so. Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/10/a-sudden-light.html Reviewed based on a publisher’s galley received through Edelweissshow more
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