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The Lightkeeper's Daughters: A Novel

The Lightkeeper's Daughters: A Novel

Current price: $16.99
Publication Date: July 24th, 2018
Harper Paperbacks


“A remarkable achievement . . . a story of commitment, identity, and familial loyalty that will leave one in tears. Five out of five stars.”—New York Journal of Books

In her mesmerizing adult debut set on the shores of the Great Lakes, critically acclaimed children’s author Jean E. Pendziwol delivers an affecting story of family, identity, and art involving a decades-old mystery.

Elizabeth, whose failing eyes have confined her to a senior home, is reflecting on her life, looking to unravel the mysteries of her family, especially that of her beautiful, enigmatic twin sister Emily. Sixteen-year-old Morgan has lived in foster care since she was a young child, bouncing from home to home, searching for one where she belongs.

When the journals belonging to Elizabeth’s late father are discovered after a tragic accident, she enlists the help of Morgan, who is completing community service at the senior home, to decipher the faded words. With a shared love of art and music, this unlikely pair are drawn deep into a world far removed – to Porphyry Island on Lake Superior, where Elizabeth’s father and his wife served as lighthouse keepers and raised their young family during the First and Second World Wars.

As a complex web of secrets unravels, Elizabeth and Morgan realize that their fates are connected to each other and to the isolated island, in this vividly written novel about the lengths people will go for love.

About the Author

Jean E. Pendziwol was born in Thunder Bay, on the shores of Lake Superior, and spent much of her childhood aboard her family’s sailboat, exploring the islands of the inland sea. She is the author of nine books for children. She was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for her picture book, Once Upon a Northern Night, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. She lives in the shadow of Ontario’s Nor’Wester Mountains.

Praise for The Lightkeeper's Daughters: A Novel

“In her first foray into adult fiction, Pendziwol (Once upon a Northern Night, 2013, etc.) has created an intricately satisfying story about love and deception that manages to be both melancholy and exhilarating. A haunting tale of nostalgia and lost chances that is full of last-minute surprises.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A perfect hammock read for those who love the Brontë sisters and Jodi Picoult in equal measure.” — Publishers Weekly

“Deeply satisfying.... With strong characters and rich in historical details, The Lightkeeper’s Daughters looks carefully at love and identity and the things we do to keep them both safe.” — Booklist

“An elderly woman and a delinquent teen form an unlikely bond as they uncover the journal entries of a man who oversaw a remote Lake Superior lighthouse nearly a century before.” — Coastal Living, “50 Best Books for the Beach This Summer”

A remarkable achievement . . . a story of commitment, identity, and familial loyalty that will leave one in tears. Five out of five stars.” — New York Journal of Books

“An elegant adult fiction debut.” — Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Seamlessly weaves between past and present. . . . I loved this story! From the characters to the setting, each aspect is perfect. THE LIGHTKEEPER’S DAUGHTERS is one of the best books that I’ve read this year. . . . beautifully written.” — Fresh Fiction

“If you loved The Light Between Oceans, check out The Lightkeeper’s Daughters.”BookBub