The Resource A sudden light, Garth Stein

A sudden light, Garth Stein

Label
A sudden light
Title
A sudden light
Statement of responsibility
Garth Stein
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "When a boy tries to save his parents' marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain. In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor's bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel--who is flickering in and out of dementia--to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into "tract housing for millionaires," divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. But Trevor soon discovers there's someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah's wish is fulfilled, and Trevor's willingness to face the past holds the key to his family's future. A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family's struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein's outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all"--
  • "In the summer of 1990, 14-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor's bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House for the summer with a goal: he will join forces with his sister, Serena, to dispatch Grandpa Samuel--who is flickering in and out of dementia--to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into "tract housing for millionaires," divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. But Trevor soon discovers there's someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, that it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by Riddell Timber. As he uncovers secrets of his family's past that are hidden deep within the house, guided by the whisperings of the ghost, Trevor discovers a legacy of family trauma and terrible guilt. The ghost will not rest until Elijah's wish is fulfilled, and Trevor's willingness to face the past holds the key to his family's future"--
Summary
"When a boy tries to save his parents' marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain. In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor's bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel--who is flickering in and out of dementia--to a graduated living facility, sell offthe house and property for development into "tract housing for millionaires," divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. But Trevor soon discovers there's someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company.The ghost will not rest until Elijah's wish is fulfilled, and Trevor's willingness to face the past holds the key to his family's future. A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family's struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein's outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and hisrare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all"--
Storyline
Tone
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Character
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10321784
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DLC
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Stein, Garth
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3569.T3655
LC item number
S83 2014
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Family secrets
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • Family secrets
  • Family life
  • Family secrets
Target audience
adult
Label
A sudden light, Garth Stein
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The curse -- The north estate -- Leaving New Haven -- Dinner is served -- The mighty Elijah -- In the night kitchen -- The talk -- The book of Jones -- Innocence lost -- The mountains of California -- Ben's world -- Birthday dinner -- Roosevelt and his man Pinchot -- The discovery -- Tree climbing -- Awake the sleeping giant -- Chamber of secrets -- The return of the hand -- Serena's visit -- The searchers -- The cottage -- Night dancing -- Tell me about your mother -- The basement -- Automatic writing -- The dilemma -- Dickie dances -- The fallen -- That man's father is my father's son -- A fight overheard -- Behold, this dreamer! -- Bad aunt -- Bonfire of the memories -- Quid pro quo -- House of stones -- A seduction -- Truth over loyalty -- A sudden light -- The haunting -- Double jeopardy -- Ben's tree -- The dumbwaiter -- Redemption -- The truth will out -- The last dance -- Sailing away -- After the fall -- Epilogue: Final resolution
Control code
ocn873006184
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
396 pages
Isbn
9781439187036
Lccn
2014006886
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)873006184
Label
A sudden light, Garth Stein
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The curse -- The north estate -- Leaving New Haven -- Dinner is served -- The mighty Elijah -- In the night kitchen -- The talk -- The book of Jones -- Innocence lost -- The mountains of California -- Ben's world -- Birthday dinner -- Roosevelt and his man Pinchot -- The discovery -- Tree climbing -- Awake the sleeping giant -- Chamber of secrets -- The return of the hand -- Serena's visit -- The searchers -- The cottage -- Night dancing -- Tell me about your mother -- The basement -- Automatic writing -- The dilemma -- Dickie dances -- The fallen -- That man's father is my father's son -- A fight overheard -- Behold, this dreamer! -- Bad aunt -- Bonfire of the memories -- Quid pro quo -- House of stones -- A seduction -- Truth over loyalty -- A sudden light -- The haunting -- Double jeopardy -- Ben's tree -- The dumbwaiter -- Redemption -- The truth will out -- The last dance -- Sailing away -- After the fall -- Epilogue: Final resolution
Control code
ocn873006184
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
396 pages
Isbn
9781439187036
Lccn
2014006886
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)873006184

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