Pub Date 02 Jun 2015
From an exhilarating new voice, a stunning debut novel—which Jonathan Safran Foer calls as “lyrical as a poem, psychologically rich as a thriller.”In the beautiful, barren landscape of the Far North, under the ever-present midnight sun, Frances and Yasha are surprised to find refuge in each other. Their lives have been upended—Frances has fled heartbreak and claustrophobic Manhattan for an isolated artist colony; Yasha arrives from Brooklyn to fulfill his beloved father's last wish: to be buried “at the top of the world.” They have come to learn how to be alone.
But in Lofoten, an archipelago of six tiny islands in the Norwegian Sea, ninety-five miles north of the Arctic Circle, they form a bond that fortifies them against the turmoil of their distant homes, offering solace amidst great uncertainty. With nimble and sure-footed prose, Dinerstein reveals that no matter how far we travel to claim our own territory, it is ultimately love that gives us our place in the world.
Rebecca Dinerstein is the author of Lofoten (Aschehoug, 2012), a bilingual English-Norwegian collection of poems. She received her B.A. from Yale and her M.F.A. in fiction from New York University, where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter @beckydinerstein.
“Dinerstein brings readers to an otherworldly setting in this luminous story about love, family, and the bewilderment of being young. Enchanting in every way.” —MAGGIE SHIPSTEAD, author of Astonish Me
“A richly imagined and darkly comic story about loneliness and love at the top of the world.” —JENNY OFFILL, author of Dept. of Speculation
“By turns ravishing and hilarious, The Sunlit Night is more than a shining debut—it's the work of a young master. Here's an exciting new voice that sings perfectly in key.” —DARIN STRAUSS, author of Half a Life
“A poignant exploration of what it means to be alone in love, by a stunningly talented young writer.” —VANESSA DIFFENBAUGH, author of The Language of Flowers
“Exhilarating and undeniably wise. The Sunlit Night gets our appetites up—for more life lived, for love and community, for knowing ourselves, for relief and letting go. It's a book you’ll be thankful for reading.” —JENNY SLATE
“Captivating . . . [Dinerstein's] prose is lyrical and silky, but it's also specific, with acute observations and precise detail . . . Provocative . . . A rich reading experience.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Dinerstein's deliciously melancholy debut . . . is light and lyrical and her descriptions of the far north are intoxicating . . . A poetic premise with language to match.” —Kirkus Reviews
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