A Sudden Light

A Sudden Light

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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When a boy tries to save his parents' marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain. In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor's bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel-who is flickering in and out of dementia-to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into "tract housing for millionaires, " divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. But Trevor soon discovers there's someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah's wish is fulfilled, and Trevor's willingness to face the past holds the key to his family's future. A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family's struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein's outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all.
Publisher: [United States] : Simon & Schuster Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 1442353244
9781442353244
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 34 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Numrich, Seth

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AL_JILLK May 19, 2017

This enchanting novel is set on the beautiful Pacific Northwest coast. Fourteen-year-old Trevor and his father journey to the family's crumbling turn-of-the-century mansion where he meets his addled grandfather and eccentric Aunt for the first time. In addition, his great uncle's ghost shares with Trevor the family's history of logging and forbidden love. Wonderful character development and a plot that surprises.

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jubrlu
Jun 14, 2016

I really wanted to love this book. I had high expectations because I loved The Art Of Racing In The Rain. This was meh. It started good but it was slow and hokey.

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