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.
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.
About the Author: Garth Stein is the author of four novels, including his latest, A sudden light. His previous novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, was a New York Times and international bestseller. He is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit collective of Northwest authors working to foster a passion for the written word. He lives in Seattle with his family.
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