A Gathering Light
By (author) Jennifer Donnelly
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Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly
When mattie Gokey is given a bundle of letters to burn she fully intends to execute the wishes of the giver, Grace Brown. When Grace Brown is found drowned the next day in Big Moose Lake, Mattie finds that it is not as easy to burn those letters as she had thought. And, as she reads, a riveting story emerges - not only Grace Brown's story but also Mattie's hopes and ambitions for the future and her relationships with her friends and family. Published to widespread acclaim this wonderful novel, part murder mystery and part coming-of-age story, is an astounding and accomplished piece of literature. The reviews say it all...
'The wonderfully confident debut by Jennifer Donnelly.' Lindsay Fraser, Sunday Herald 'A GATHERING LIGHT is a remarkable debut, a book that sweeps across the genre boundaries of murder, mystery, romance, and historical fiction - resulting in an original novel that is both gripping and touching.' Scott Turow 'If ever a book deserved to cross over, this is it...this is a wonderfully rich, involving and beautifully written book.' Adele Geras, Guardian 'Part history, part compelling murder mystery, Jennifer Donnelly's A GATHERING LIGHT brings the past to powerful and vivid life.' Celia ReesISBN: 9780747570639
Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Format: Paperback (198mm x 129mm x mm)
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 3-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Book Review: Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly - Reviewed by Romi Foster (22 Mar 2012)
I won a copy of A Gathering Light to review for Allen and Unwin a few years after it was published and though it wasn't like any other books I had read at the time and was my first YA book with a murder storyline, I found that I really enjoyed it. Mattie is a truly inspirational main character, her love of books and lust for learning is something that isn't seen very often in characters right now and to read this book I really connected with her. The murder in the story, that of a young woman who was supposedly murdered by a man who was playing that he loved her, is based of true life and that was a really interesting fact; though the murder is a small part (it happens at the small hotel on the river that Mattie takes a job at) of the story, it is quite confrontal and it isn't the only thing. There is a sex scene and it's quite a graphic one, which wasn't really needed I don't think, and those two things both loose a few points for me. Overall...
Jennifer Donnelly lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is her first novel and marks the beginning of an incredibly assured and confident literary voice.
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