A Sudden Light (Hardcover)

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Since 2008’s mega hit, The Art of Racing In The Rain, we have all been eagerly awaiting the next novel from Garth Stein.  A Sudden Light more than rewards us.  Wielding magical realism like an enchanted sword, Garth tells the story of a vulnerable 14 year old meeting the ghost of his ancestor when he visits the family estate north of Seattle for the first time.  Distressed over the estrangement between his parents, Trevor is taken by his father from Connecticut to the Pacific Northwest where his family had been timber barons in their glory days.  All that remains of their vast wealth is the forested estate where his grandfather is sliding into dementia.   Trevor’s Dad and his enigmatic Aunt intend to sell the property curing their financial ills thus paving the way to a rosier future.  Sounds simple but the execution proves a lot more complicated.  When the obligations of the past meet the desires of the future in the hands of a confused teenage boy this novel shines.

— Deon Stonehouse

October 2014 Indie Next List


“Stein's new novel of family relationships and responsibilities explores the connections between the living and the dead, between parents and children, and what it means to be stewards of the land. Two very compelling characters drive the story: a 14-year-old boy trying to patch his family back together and a centuries-old ghost trying to make sure that the wrongs of the past are put right so that a family's legacy can be maintained. A Sudden Light is a compelling search for faith and meaning in a world where bad things sometimes happen.”
— Andrea Jones, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT

Product Details
ISBN: 9780857205759
ISBN-10: 0857205757
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication Date: September 30th, 2014
Pages: 416
Language: English