Lighthouse Island: A Novel (Paperback)

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"A century and a half into a worldwide drought finds Earth to be a
bleak, dry, decaying urban landscape, precarious for everyone but
especially for Parentless Dependent Children like Nadia Stepan. Nadia is
a loner, a lover of books in a television addicted world, and dreams of
escaping to Lighthouse Island, an improbable haven of trees, rain and
wilderness, somewhere to the Northwest. This dystopian novel is
beautifully written and almost dreamlike in its setting. Paulette Giles'
scenes of Nadia navigating the crumbling cityscape and her surreal
interactions with the many desperate characters are vivid, shocking and
often darkly funny, and all the while lit by Nadia's energy, guile and
hope. Nadia is her own lighthouse, and she finds a keeper in all of its
definitions in James Orotov, mapmaker, demolitions expert and fellow
dreamer and traveler." ~Cathy Langer

— Cathy is the lead book buyer for Tattered Cover stores

October 2013 Indie Next List


“A century and a half into a worldwide drought finds Earth to be a bleak, dry, decaying urban landscape, precarious for everyone but especially for Parentless Dependent Children like Nadia. Nadia is a loner, a lover of books in a television addicted world, who dreams of escaping to Lighthouse Island, an improbable haven of trees, rain, and wilderness somewhere to the northwest. This dystopian novel is beautifully written and Jiles' scenes of Nadia navigating the crumbling cityscape and her surreal interactions with the many desperate characters are vivid, shocking, and often darkly funny, all the while lit by Nadia's energy, guile, and hope.”
— Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO

Description


From the Author of the National Book Award Finalist News of the World

Paulette Jiles, the bestselling author of the highly praised novels The Color of Lightning, Stormy Weather, and Enemy Women, pushes into new territory with Lighthouse Island—a captivating and atmospheric story set in the far future—a literary dystopian tale resonant with love and hope.

In the coming centuries the world's population has exploded. The earth is crowded with cities, animals are nearly all extinct, and drought is so widespread that water is rationed. There are no maps, no borders, no numbered years, and no freedom, except for an elite few.
 
It is a harsh world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan. Growing up, she dreams of a green vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest.

When an opportunity for escape arises, Nadia embarks on a dangerous and sometimes comic adventure. Along the way she meets a man who changes the course of her life: James Orotov, a mapmaker and demolition expert. Together, they evade arrest and head north toward a place of wild beauty that lies beyond the megapolis—Lighthouse Island.

Praise For…


“Jiles’s prose is a striking match for the barren landscape of this moody adventure tale.”

“A remarkably engaging story. . . . Jiles’s description is memorable and evocative.”

“[A] meticulously researched and beautifully crafted story . . . this is glorious work.”

“A gripping, deeply relevant book.”

“A rousing, character-driven tale.”

“Jiles’ spare and melancholy prose is the perfect language for this tale in which survival necessitates brutality.”

“Lighthouse Island is a beacon of hope for Nadia, the clever, resourceful young heroine of Paulette Jiles’ spellbinding new novel. . . . Jiles’ writing is crisp and vivid as always, and although her setting is vastly different, her themes--independence, individuality, love of the land--remain intact.”

“Nadia’s wandering journey maintains that hopeful anticipation of deep sleep. . . Jiles (Color of Lightening; Stormy Weather) has created a fascinating dystopic vision of a future world.”

“The dystopian novel is beautifully written, and Jiles’ scenes of [protagonist] Nadia navigating the crumbling cityscape and her surreal interactions with the many desperate characters are vivid, shocking and often darkly funny.”

“[I]nventive futurism and rollicking wit.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062232519
ISBN-10: 0062232517
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: July 29th, 2014
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: P.S.