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From Garth Stein, author of the beloved bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain—now a major motion picture!

The New York Times bestselling “witty, atmospheric” (People) story of a once powerful American family, and the price that must be paid by the heirs as they struggle for redemption: “A captivating page-turner” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis).

Twenty-three years after the fateful summer of 1990, Trevor Riddell recalls the events surrounding his fourteenth birthday, when he gets his first glimpse of the infamous 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 Seattle’s Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have separated, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with Aunt Serena, dispatch the ailing and elderly Grandpa Samuel to a nursing home, sell off the house and property for development, and divide up the profits.

But as young Trevor explores the house’s hidden stairways and forgotten rooms, he discovers secrets that convince him that the family plan may be at odds with the land’s true destiny. Only Trevor’s willingness to face the dark past of his forefathers will reveal the key to his family’s future.

Spellbinding and atmospheric, A Sudden Light is rich with vivid characters, poetic scenes of natural beauty, and powerful moments of spiritual transcendence. “Garth Stein is resourceful, cleverly piecing together the family history with dreams, overheard conversations, and reminiscences…a tale well told,” (The Seattle Times)—a triumphant work of a master storyteller at the height of his power.

Fiction & Literature
September 30
Simon & Schuster

Customer Reviews

Microbev ,

A Sudden Light

Loved it! The writing is wonderful and the story compelling. Who wouldn't want to see a cherished loved one again?

tanzteachr ,

Loved this book!

Stein's tale of a Seattle dynasty and its tragic legacy was very appealing, and I read it with great speed and enjoyment. Definitely one of my favorite summer reads of 2015.

Swirls2920 ,

Too much Ben and Harry

I read the entire book, but had to take a Ben break quite often. I realize he's part of the foundation of the story, but wow. At another point in the story I thought Harry might take over lead role with his diary excerpts. Sorry Garth..

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