The novel opens with Trevor Riddell beginning to tell his family the story of the fateful summer of 1990, twenty-three years earlier, when he first arrived at Riddell House just two days shy of his fourteenth birthday. Having recently endured news of his parents’ trial separation, seen his childhood home in Connecticut repossessed as a result of bankruptcy, and been whisked across the country to aid his father in selling the family’s ancient estate, Trevor’s arrival at the spectral, sylvan property is less than triumphant.
Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary Riddell mansion is constructed of giant whole trees and is set on an immense property overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound. Trevor’s 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.
In the tradition of To Kill a Mockingbird and A Prayer for Owen Meany, A sudden light is narrated by adult Trevor looking back on his childhood, allowing Stein to weave an intricate emotional tapestry in which a contemporary family must unravel its dark and complex history while struggling to connect with one another. The riveting plot is equal parts multigenerational saga, historical novel, and ghost story, laced with eloquent reverence for the majestic natural beauty that defines the Pacific Northwest. The detailed prose, fueled by years of Stein’s dogged hands-on research, pulls readers into the realm Stein has crafted, releasing them wholly changed and deeply moved.
Spellbinding and atmospheric, A sudden light is a story of manipulation, loyalty, love, and desperation to do the right thing – if one can discern what is truly right.Rich with unconventional characters and unforgettable moments of emotional truth that reflect Garth Stein’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, A sudden light is the triumphant work of a master storyteller at the height of his power.
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