The Sunlit Night

The Sunlit Night

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"Shortly after her college graduation, Frances flees a painful breakup and her claustrophobic childhood home in Manhattan, which has become more airless in the aftermath of two family announcements: her parents' divorce and her younger sister's engagement. She seeks refuge at a Norwegian artist colony that's offered her a painting apprenticeship. Unfortunately, she finds only one artist living there: Alf, an enigmatic middle-aged descendant of the Sami reindeer hunters who specializes in the color yellow. Yasha, an eighteen-year-old Russian immigrant raised in a bakery in Brighton Beach, is kneading bread in the shop's window when he sees his mother for the first time in a decade. As he gains a selfish and unreliable parent, he loses his beloved father. He must carry out his father's last wish to be buried "at the top of the world" and reconcile with the charismatic woman who abandoned them both. And so Frances' and Yasha's paths intersect in Lofoten, a string of five islands ninety-five miles above the Arctic Circle. Their unlikely connection and growing romance fortifies them against the turmoil of their distant homes, and teaches them that to be alone is not always to be lonely, and that love and independence are not mutually exclusive"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, ©2015
ISBN: 9781632861122
Branch Call Number: DINERST
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 25 cm

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multcolib_alisonk Nov 03, 2015

An intriguing story of two people who meet in a space and time outside of time (the Arctic circle), which gives each of them the space and time to contemplate death, family dysfunction and the 'true north' of love. I loved this quirky story that reminded me a bit of Where'd You go Bernadette? - though this is not as manic in tone. Looking forward to her next book.

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