The Light Pirate
by Lily Brooks-Dalton
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Pub Date 06 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 03 Jan 2023
Florida is slipping away. As devastating weather patterns and rising sea levels wreak gradual havoc on the state’s infrastructure, a powerful hurricane approaches a small town on the southeastern coast. Kirby Lowe, an electrical line worker, his pregnant wife, Frida, and their two sons, Flip and Lucas, prepare for the worst. When the boys go missing just before the hurricane hits, Kirby heads out into the high winds in search of his children. Left alone, Frida goes into premature labor and gives birth to an unusual child, Wanda, whom she names after the catastrophic storm that ushers her into a society closer to collapse than ever before.
As Florida continues to unravel, Wanda grows. Moving from childhood to adulthood, adapting not only to the changing landscape, but also to the people who stayed behind in a place abandoned by civilization, Wanda loses family, gains community, and ultimately, seeks adventure, love, and purpose in a place remade by nature.
Told in four parts—power, water, light, and time—The Light Pirate mirrors the rhythms of the elements and the sometimes quick, sometimes slow dissolution of the world as we know it. It is a meditation on the changes we would rather not see, the future we would rather not greet, and a call back to the beauty and violence of an untamable wilderness.
"“This is one of the most daring, deeply imagined, and moving novels I have read.... Brooks-Dalton offers us hope that we are capable of remaking this world as a gentler and more generous-hearted place. Readers will not forget this beautiful book.”
—Meredith Hall, New York Times bestselling author of Beneficence
“Lily Brooks-Dalton writes with the kind of intricate sensitivity that leaves one grateful to be—faultily, flimsily, adaptably, temporarily—human. Harrowing, tender, and urgent, The Light Pirate is a novel of global scope and exquisite intimacy.”
—Rachel Lyon, Author of Self Portrait With Boy
"Lily Brooks-Dalton is an uncanny chronicler of desolate spaces, whether it’s the cold expanse of the universe or the deepest recesses of the human heart.”
—Colson Whitehead, New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad
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A superb, beautiful book that whose ideas are as big as it the book itself is big-hearted and thoughtful.
Beautifully written and so emotional! This is a story of devastating loss, strength and hope. I could not put this down! If you are a fan of Where The Crawdads Sing, then definitely read this. Thank you for my copy Netgalley!
I can't stop thinking about this book. It's such a beautiful, devastating, haunting, yet hopeful read that follows two generations of a family as they survive, and adapt, in a world ravaged by unchecked climate change.
This book pulled no punches, and it broke my heart multiple times. But it also managed to fill me with hope, despite the bleak reality of what we face.
The descriptions of nature in this book were just achingly beautiful, and filled me with a kind of wistfulness.
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