The Light We Lost
*Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club pick!*
Shortlisted for the Hearst Big Book ‘Prima Page-Turners’ Award 2018
‘A one-sitting kind of book. Fans of One Day by David Nicholls will love this.’ Stylist Magazine
Two people. One choice. What if?
Every love story has a beginning…
Lucy and Gabe meet in New York on a day that will change their lives – and the world – forever. As the city burns behind them, they kiss for the very first time.
Over the next thirteen years they are torn apart, then brought back together, time and time again. It’s a journey of dreams, of desires, of jealousy, of forgiveness – and above all, love.
And as Lucy is faced with a devastating choice, she wonders whether their love is a matter of destiny or chance.
…what if this is how their story ends?
Me Before You meets One Day in this passionate debut novel, The Light We Lost, an epic love story about the heartrending decision that one woman must make…
Now translated into 28 languages.
‘A stunning book, perfect and unputdownable.’ JILL MANSELL
‘Our book of the year to date!’ HELLO MAGAZINE
‘A proper heartbreaker of a novel… Warning: you will big ugly cry while reading this one.’ RED MAGAZINE
‘An epic love story.’ PRIMA MAGAZINE
‘A one-sitting kind of book. Fans of One Day by David Nicholls will love this.’ STYLIST MAGAZINE
‘Surely the next great romantic epic… It is a novel that lives with you long after the final page. A book for a generation and a future classic.’ THE SUN
‘Emotional and heartbreaking. I predict a global tissue shortage. The Light We Lost will definitely join the ranks of books that make you weep.’ SARAH MORGAN, bestselling author of MIRACLE ON 5TH AVENUE
‘Beautiful writing. An unputdownable tearjerker.’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘Your new tearjerker has arrived: Fans of Me Before You and One Day will love/weep over this elegant novel.’ NEW YORK POST
‘One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag.’ THE SKIMM
‘Stunning’ LIZ FENWICK, author of UNDER A CORNISH SKY
‘An affecting and beautifully-written story about love and missed chances, and how global events can change the course of a single person's life.’ JULIE COHEN, author of TOGETHER
‘A heart-wrenching love story… impossible for the reader to put the damned book down!’ IRISH INDEPENDENT
‘An emotional rollercoaster.’ US WEEKLY
‘It’s the epic love story of 2017.’ REDBOOK
About the author
Jill Santopolo received an MFA in fiction writing, is the author of three successful children’s and young-adult series, and works as the editorial director of Philomel Books. An adjunct professor in The New School’s MFA program, she travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. You can visit her online at www.jillsantopolo.com or follow her on Twitter at @jillsantopolo. She lives in New York City.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you liked Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You, you’ll love The Light We Lost. Centred around NYC college students Lucy and Gabe—who bond after meeting on 9/11 and then drift apart—Jill Santopolo’s debut is about the enduring power of first love. Told in a confessional diary style from Lucy’s point of view, the novel explores chance, choice, fate and regret with sophisticated surety. Santopolo’s characters are layered and flawed, with well-placed breadcrumbs guiding you through their stories.