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Lights All Night Long

A Novel
Lu par : Michael Crouch
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Description

A gripping and deftly plotted narrative of family and belonging, Lights All Night Long is a dazzling debut novel from an acclaimed young writer.

"A luminous debut.... It's hard not to read the book in a single sitting." (The Los Angeles Times) 

"Lights All Night Long is utterly brilliant and completely captivating.... One of the most propulsive, un-put-downable literary novels I've read in ages." (Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena)

Fifteen-year-old Ilya arrives in Louisiana from his native Russia for what should be the adventure of his life: a year in America as an exchange student. The abundance of his new world - the super Walmarts and heated pools and enormous televisions - is as hard to fathom as the relentless cheerfulness of his host parents. And Sadie, their beautiful and enigmatic daughter, has miraculously taken an interest in him. 

But all is not right in Ilya's world: He's consumed by the fate of his older brother, Vladimir, the magnetic rebel to Ilya's dutiful wunderkind, back in their tiny Russian hometown. The two have always been close, spending their days dreaming of escaping to America. But when Ilya was tapped for the exchange, Vladimir disappeared into their town's seedy, drug-plagued underworld. Just before Ilya left, the murders of three young women rocked the town's usual calm, and Vladimir found himself in prison.

With the help of Sadie, who has secrets of her own, Ilya embarks on a mission to prove Vladimir's innocence. Piecing together the timeline of the murders and Vladimir's descent into addiction, Ilya discovers the radical lengths to which Vladimir has gone to protect him - a truth he could only have learned by leaving him behind. 

A rich tale of belonging and the pull of homes both native and adopted, Lights All Night Long is a spellbinding story of the fierce bond between brothers determined to find a way back to each other.

©2019 Lydia Fitzpatrick (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critiques

Lights All Night Long is as delicious as it is dazzling - a mystery I was tempted to read in one sitting as well as a startling, clear-eyed exploration of what holds us together, regardless of location or distance. Brilliantly conceived and exquisitely observed, Lydia Fitzpatrick’s debut shines as brightly as its title.” (Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists)

“For readers drawn to literary thrills, Lights All Night Long offers drugs, sex, and murder, but this supple, sparkling novel is really about tender souls navigating unfamiliar terrain and human bonds warm enough to thaw snowbanks. The indecipherable language of loss, love, and longing is normally impossible to understand. At last, thankfully, we have Lydia Fitzpatrick to interpret it.” (Adam Johnson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Orphan Master’s Son

“This intricate, capacious, startlingly inventive novel is so vivid, and rings so true, that its characters have taken up permanent residence in my imagination. What an accomplishment.” (R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries

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  • G. Minott
  • 19/04/2019

More than enough confusion

Good characters but lots of confusion. I didn't need extra confusion at the end. If I were a detective, I'd trace the pink bag-- but I'd had enough of that book. Narrator slow to get going but handled the Russian very well.

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  • Randi M.
  • 16/04/2019

Couldn't Stop Listening

This is one of those books you either can’t put down or can’t wait to pick back up anytime you get a spare minute—not something that happens very often! Lydia Fitzpatrick paints such intimate and personal portraits of each character—Ilya and Vladimir especially—and through Ilya’s eyes we experience the magnetism and heartbreak of addiction in those we love and the helplessness and determination that can accompany it. Lights All Night Long transports us to tiny forgotten places on the map—giving us a glimpse into life in small town Russia and rural Louisiana. With language that is often arrestingly beautiful, Fitzpatrick kept me listening from beginning to end. The narration is phenomenal—kudos to Michael Crouch for a stellar performance.

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  • Doug David
  • 13/04/2019

LIGHTS ALL NIGHT LONG

While on a 700 mile car ride, I listened to this amazing first novel, after having loved it in print. What a remarkable tale of the complications of family, of disappointment and heartache, of love, And fear , and vulnerability and teenage angst, ... so vivid are the images, so accurate and insightful in this whole compelling story, I had to weep. THIS is what a good story is supposed to give us. Thank you, Lydia Fitzpatrick.

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  • Dominika Vešelényiová
  • 07/04/2019

A must read

What a great story. It's gripping because there are different parts of stories that are hidden and we only slowly learn what actually happen. The development of the characters is also very well done.