Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Wintersone

jwA mysterious and wonderful book from Jeanette Winterstone. It reads most like a kind of memoir, itself written by a fictional character- if that is possible. It certainly makes for a very difficult book to review coherently!

The book follows orphaned Silver through an unconventional life- she seems to be a rather unreliable narrator. The book jumps around in time and place, never settling on any particular narrative- and real people weave in and out of the story (Darwin and Stevenson appear regularly). Some very dark characters and events shape the story- it’s not a light nor easy read… but it is a work of real beauty (and quite short!).

The use of language is breath-taking. I had to return to individual phrases and paragraphs again and again to take them in. Reading this book feels like drinking a glass of cold water on a hot day.

Very much recommended: reserve a copy here.

Elena

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