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Lighthouse Island: A Novel (P.S.) Paperback – July 29, 2014
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Jiles’ dystopian novel, set in an overpopulated world ravaged by drought, follows a young woman on her quest to find her way to an island haven. Orphaned as a child, Nadia Stepan finds refuge in literature after her beloved guardian is arrested. As a young woman, Nadia has little aptitude for the government PR job she’s assigned to, and an affair with an Oversupervisor’s husband costs her the position and nearly her freedom. Nadia decides to flee to Lighthouse Island, an island in the Pacific Northwest that is rumored to have water and wildlife in abundance. Nadia finds an unlikely ally in James Orotov, a demolitions expert who was crippled in a blast many years before. After a fateful rooftop meeting, James aids Nadia in her flight, using his access to the system to help her avoid detection and arrest until he, too, falls into disfavor and has to flee. An unfortunate style and a world that, at times, feels cartoonishly evil mar Jiles’ otherwise compelling odyssey, which picks up considerably once Nadia and James are reunited. --Kristine Huntley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Jiles’s prose is a striking match for the barren landscape of this moody adventure tale.” (Publishers Weekly on LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND)
“A remarkably engaging story. . . . Jiles’s description is memorable and evocative.” (Denver Post on THE COLOR OF LIGHTNING)
“[A] meticulously researched and beautifully crafted story . . . this is glorious work.” (Washington Post on THE COLOR OF LIGHTNING)
“A gripping, deeply relevant book.” (New York Times Book Review on THE COLOR OF LIGHTNING)
“A rousing, character-driven tale.” (Kirkus Reviews on THE COLOR OF LIGHTNING)
“Jiles’ spare and melancholy prose is the perfect language for this tale in which survival necessitates brutality.” (Seattle Times on THE COLOR OF LIGHTNING)
“Lighthouse Island is a beacon of hope for Nadia, the clever, resourceful young heroine of Paulette Jiles’ spellbinding new novel. . . . Jiles’ writing is crisp and vivid as always, and although her setting is vastly different, her themes--independence, individuality, love of the land--remain intact.” (San Antonio Express-News on LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND)
“Nadia’s wandering journey maintains that hopeful anticipation of deep sleep. . . Jiles (Color of Lightening; Stormy Weather) has created a fascinating dystopic vision of a future world.” (Library Journal on LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND)
“The dystopian novel is beautifully written, and Jiles’ scenes of [protagonist] Nadia navigating the crumbling cityscape and her surreal interactions with the many desperate characters are vivid, shocking and often darkly funny.” (Columbus Dispatch on LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND)
“[I]nventive futurism and rollicking wit.” (New York Times Book Review on LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND)
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