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 and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, 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.
Be patient. This one starts off a little slow, but once it gets started you’ll be hooked. The Light Between Oceans deeply explores how one family can be affected and transformed by one decision, one very bad decision. The unfolding and eventual resolution of this moral dilemma forces the reader to question their own morals and values, and in the end I was still unsure what would be the “right” thing to do, if such a thing exists.
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Jacquelyn Mitchard’s The Deep End of the Ocean, Oprah’s first ever selection for her Book Club, explores how the disappearance of a three-year-old child changes a family’s life. The plot similarities between the two novels are striking, however they look at the same circumstance from opposing perspectives.
Kim Edward’s The Memory Keeper’s Daughter tells the story of a father who makes a quick decision after the birth of his twins, a decision he believes will protect his wife from unimaginable grief. The secret ultimately changes the family forever. This title offers a similar exploration of family, secrets and loss to Stedman’s work.
John Banville’s The Sea follows a man in his grief as he travels to his childhood town after the passing of his wife. Alternating between past and present, the narrator explores his personal history and meditates on feelings of loss, innocence, and coming-of-age.
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The Sea will be released on film at some time in 2013.