A Sudden Light (Hardcover)

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When I saw Mr. Stein's new book on our shelf of Advanced Reader Copies, I snatched it up so fast - I couldn't believe my luck!   I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain, and couldn't wait to pick up this book.  If you are looking for a repeat of the sweet story about Denny and his thoughtful dog Enzo, you won't get that with A Sudden Light, but what you will get is an equally well-written story that you can't put down.


A Sudden Light follows the story of 14 year old Trevor and the return to his father's childhood home.  Trevor and his father return in an attempt to put his grandfather in a nursing home and sell the sprawling, multi-million dollar property.   But, as Trevor explores the old mansion, he finds a lingering spirit at the Riddell house who would like to put a stop to his father's plan.  


It's a haunting, dark, exciting story that is sure to grab you on the first page.  Garth Stein's ability to tell a spellbinding story has only gotten better with time.  He has an uncanny skill to tell the story of his characters with such empathy that it's hard to remember that it's a novel and not a memoir.

— From Stephanie

October 2014 Indie Next List

“Stein's new novel of family relationships and responsibilities explores the connections between the living and the dead, between parents and children, and what it means to be stewards of the land. Two very compelling characters drive the story: a 14-year-old boy trying to patch his family back together and a centuries-old ghost trying to make sure that the wrongs of the past are put right so that a family's legacy can be maintained. A Sudden Light is a compelling search for faith and meaning in a world where bad things sometimes happen.”
— Andrea Jones, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT


The bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain presents a long-awaited new novel in which a boy trying to save his parents' marriage uncovers a vast legacy of family secrets.

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 Seattle's 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 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.

Spellbinding and atmospheric, A Sudden Light is rich with unconventional characters, scenes of transcendent natural beauty, and unforgettable moments of emotional truth that reflect Garth Stein's outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation--a triumphant work of a master storyteller at the height of his power.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781439187036
ISBN-10: 1439187037
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: September 30th, 2014
Pages: 396
Language: English

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