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A Gathering Light

Written by Jennifer Donnelly

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A Gathering Light Synopsis

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...

A Gathering Light Press Reviews

'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 Rees

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780713678888
Publication date: 07/08/2006
Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780747570639
Publication date: 03/05/2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780747570639
Publication date: 3rd May 2004
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers

About Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter and two greyhounds. She grew up in New York State, in Lewis and Westchester counties. As a child, she loved to write and often inflicted really dreadful poems and stories on her family and friends. She loved to read, too, and the high point of her grade-school week was a Saturday trip to the library.

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