The Light Between Oceans
by M. l. Stedman and Noah Taylor

Overview - The years-long New York Times bestseller soon to be a major motion picture from Spielberg's Dreamworks that is "irresistible...seductive...with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page" ( O, The Oprah Magazine ).  Read more...

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The years-long New York Times bestseller soon to be a major motion picture from Spielberg's Dreamworks that is "irresistible...seductive...with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page" (O, The Oprah Magazine).

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a "gift from God," and against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

  • ISBN-13: 9781442350298
  • ISBN-10: 1442350296
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publish Date: July 2012
  • Dimensions: 1 x 5.25 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.58 pounds

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M.L. Stedman’s assured first novel, The Light Between Oceans, begins on a spit of an island miles off Australia’s western coast where Tom Sherbourne, wanting peace after his harrowing years in the trenches of WWI, becomes lighthouse keeper in 1920. He brings Isabel, the feisty, loving, local girl he’s married, to his isolated haven, and life is happy. But after four years and three devastating miscarriages, Isabel’s buoyant spirit is worn to a despondent nub. When a boat washes up holding a dead man and a crying baby, Isabel sees the child now lying in her arms as a “gift from God.” She wants the little girl; Tom wants to tell the authorities. By never passing judgment on her eloquently drawn characters, Stedman puts you in their lives and them in your heart as the consequences of their decision play out in a wrenching, beautifully wrought arc of inevitability. I cried my eyes out as Noah Taylor’s superbly nuanced reading came to an end, not wanting to leave these tragic, compelling characters.

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