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The Light Between Oceans

 
 
Author
M.L. Stedman.
Publisher Scribner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9781451681758
Pages/Publication Date 343/2012
Daedalus Item Code 69103
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(Named a Top Pick of 2012 by IndieBound and O, The Oprah Magazine) In M.L. Stedman's superb debut novel—soon to be a major motion picture starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander—Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia after four harrowing years on the Western Front in World War I, taking a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock and bringing along his brave and loving wife Isabel. After three years, two miscarriages, and a stillbirth, Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind, and finds a boat carrying a dead man and a living child. Tom wants to report the incident immediately, but Isabel has taken the baby to her breast, so these two isolated people name her Lucy and claim her as their own. When Lucy is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland, where they are reminded that there are other people in the world—and find that their choice has devastated one of them.

"Moral dilemmas don't come more exquisite than the one around which Australian novelist Stedman constructs her debut."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Stedman draws the reader into her emotionally complex story right from the beginning, with lush descriptions of this savage and beautiful landscape, and vivid characters with whom we can readily empathize. Hers is a stunning and memorable debut."—Booklist (starred review)

"Most impressive is the subtle yet profound maturation of Isabel and Tom as characters."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A beautiful novel about isolation and courage in the face of enormous loss. It gets into your heart stealthily, until you stop hoping the characters will make different choices and find you can only watch, transfixed, as every conceivable choice becomes an impossible one."—Maile Meloy

 
 
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