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The Light Between Oceans - M. L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans

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Published: 2nd April 2013
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The mesmerising, unputdownable Australian debut novel that will have everyone talking.

This is a story of right and wrong, and how sometimes they look the same ...

1926. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world.

One April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant - and the path of the couple's lives hits an unthinkable crossroads.

Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day - as the baby's real story unfolds ...

About the Author

M. L. Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia, and now lives in London. The Light Between Oceans is her first novel.

"M.L. Stedman's "The Light Between Oceans "is a beautiful novel about isolation and courage in the face of enormous loss. It gets into your heart stealthily, until you stop hoping the characters will make different choices and find you can only watch, transfixed, as every conceivable choice becomes an impossible one. I couldn't look away from the page and then I couldn't see it, through tears. It's a stunning debut."--Maile Meloy, author of "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It""" M.L. Stedmans "The Light Between Oceans "is a beautiful novel about isolation and courage in the face of enormous loss. It gets into your heart stealthily, until you stop hoping the characters will make different choices and find you can only watch, transfixed, as every conceivable choice becomes an impossible one. I couldnt look away from the page and then I couldnt see it, through tears. Its a stunning debut.Maile Meloy, author of "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It""" A love story that is both persuasive and tenderElizabeth Buchan, "The Sunday Times" (UK) Elegantly renderedheart-wrenchingthe relationship between Tom and Isabel, in particular, is beautifully drawn.--Elysa Gardner "USA Today " "A beautifully delineated tale of love and loss, right and wrong, and what we will do for the happiness of those most dear."--Tova Beiser "The Boston Globe " "Elegantly rendered...heart-wrenching...the relationship between Tom and Isabel, in particular, is beautifully drawn."--Elysa Gardner "USA Today " "Sublimely written, poetic in its intensity and frailty...This is a simply beautiful story that deserves the praise and wide audience it's receiving. A stunning debut from a new voice that I can't wait to hear again."--Karen Brooks, author of Illumination M.L. Stedman s "The Light Between Oceans "is a beautiful novel about isolation and courage in the face of enormous loss. It gets into your heart stealthily, until you stop hoping the characters will make different choices and find you can only watch, transfixed, as every conceivable choice becomes an impossible one. I couldn t look away from the page and then I couldn t see it, through tears. It s a stunning debut. Maile Meloy, author of "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It"""" A love story that is both persuasive and tender Elizabeth Buchan, "The Sunday Times" (UK)" A beautifully delineated tale of love and loss, right and wrong, and what we will do for the happiness of those most dear. --Tova Beiser "The Boston Globe "" Elegantly rendered heart-wrenching the relationship between Tom and Isabel, in particular, is beautifully drawn. --Elysa Gardner "USA Today "" Sublimely written, poetic in its intensity and frailty This is a simply beautiful story that deserves the praise and wide audience it s receiving. A stunning debut from a new voice that I can t wait to hear again. --Karen Brooks, author of Illumination" "What an extraordinary book this is. Tom, traumatised on the western front, takes a job as lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, 100 miles off the Australian coast between the Indian and Southern oceans, where he hopes that the vast surrounding emptiness will bring him peace. When after three years and as many miscarriages his wife hears a baby's cry and discovers a dead man and a baby in a washed up dinghy, she feels her prayers have been answered. The ensuing tragedy is as inevitable as Hardy at his most doom-laden. And as unforgettable."--Sue Arnold, Guardian "A love story that is both persuasive and tender..."--Elizabeth Buchan, The Sunday Times (UK) "As time passes the harder the decision becomes to undo and the more towering is its impact. This is the story of its terrible consequences. But it is also a description of the extraordinary, sustaining power of a marriage to bind two people together in love, through the most emotionally harrowing circumstances."--Victoria Moore, The Daily Mail "This fine, suspenseful debut explores desperation, morality, and loss, and considers the damaging ways in which we store our private sorrows, and the consequences of such terrible secrets."--Martha Stewart Whole Living "This heartbreaking debut from M L Stedman is a gem of a book that you'll have trouble putting down"--Good Housekeeping "The miraculous arrival of a child in the life of a barren couple delivers profound love but also the seeds of destruction. Moral dilemmas don't come more exquisite than the one around which Australian novelist Stedman constructs her debut."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review "[Stedman sets] the stage beautifully to allow for a heart-wrenching moral dilemma to play out... Most impressive is the subtle yet profound maturation of Isabel and Tom as characters."--Publishers Weekly, starred review "Haunting...Stedman draws the reader into her emotionally complex story right from the beginning, with lush descriptions of this savage and beautiful landscape, and vivid characters with whom we can readily empathize. Hers is a stunning and memorable debut."--Booklist, starred review "M.L. Stedman, a spectacularly sure storyteller, swept me to a remote island nearly a century ago, where a lighthouse keeper and his wife make a choice that shatters many lives, including their own. This is a novel in which justice for one character means another's tragic loss, and we care desperately for both. Reading The Light Between Oceans is a total-immersion experience, extraordinarily moving."--Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane and Untold Story "M.L. Stedman's The Light Between Oceans is a beautiful novel about isolation and courage in the face of enormous loss. It gets into your heart stealthily, until you stop hoping the characters will make different choices and find you can only watch, transfixed, as every conceivable choice becomes an impossible one. I couldn't look away from the page and then I couldn't see it, through tears. It's a stunning debut."--Maile Meloy, author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It "An extraordinary and heart-rending book about good people, tragic decisions and the beauty found in each of them."--Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief "Irresistible...seductive...a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page."--Sara Nelson, O, the Oprah magazine What an extraordinary book this is. Tom, traumatised on the western front, takes a job as lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, 100 miles off the Australian coast between the Indian and Southern oceans, where he hopes that the vast surrounding emptiness will bring him peace. When after three years and as many miscarriages his wife hears a baby's cry and discovers a dead man and a baby in a washed up dinghy, she feels her prayers have been answered. The ensuing tragedy is as inevitable as Hardy at his most doom-laden. And as unforgettable. Sue Arnold, Guardian" A love story that is both persuasive and tender Elizabeth Buchan, The Sunday Times (UK)" As time passes the harder the decision becomes to undo and the more towering is its impact. This is the story of its terrible consequences. But it is also a description of the extraordinary, sustaining power of a marriage to bind two people together in love, through the most emotionally harrowing circumstances. Victoria Moore, The Daily Mail" This fine, suspenseful debut explores desperation, morality, and loss, and considers the damaging ways in which we store our private sorrows, and the consequences of such terrible secrets. Martha Stewart Whole Living" This heartbreaking debut from M L Stedman is a gem of a book that you'll have trouble putting down Good Housekeeping" The miraculous arrival of a child in the life of a barren couple delivers profound love but also the seeds of destruction. Moral dilemmas don t come more exquisite than the one around which Australian novelist Stedman constructs her debut. Kirkus Reviews, starred review" [Stedman sets] the stage beautifully to allow for a heart-wrenching moral dilemma to play out... Most impressive is the subtle yet profound maturation of Isabel and Tom as characters. Publishers Weekly, starred review" Haunting...Stedman draws the reader into her emotionally complex story right from the beginning, with lush descriptions of this savage and beautiful landscape, and vivid characters with whom we can readily empathize. Hers is a stunning and memorable debut. Booklist, starred review" M.L. Stedman, a spectacularly sure storyteller, swept me to a remote island nearly a century ago, where a lighthouse keeper and his wife make a choice that shatters many lives, including their own. This is a novel in which justice for one character means another s tragic loss, and we care desperately for both. Reading The Light Between Oceans is a total-immersion experience, extraordinarily moving. Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane and Untold Story" M.L. Stedman s The Light Between Oceans is a beautiful novel about isolation and courage in the face of enormous loss. It gets into your heart stealthily, until you stop hoping the characters will make different choices and find you can only watch, transfixed, as every conceivable choice becomes an impossible one. I couldn t look away from the page and then I couldn t see it, through tears. It s a stunning debut. Maile Meloy, author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" An extraordinary and heart-rending book about good people, tragic decisions and the beauty found in each of them. Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief"

ISBN: 9781451681758
ISBN-10: 1451681755
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 2nd April 2013
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.5  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.27