By Jeanette Winterson
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151011179, 240pp.)
Publication Date: April 2005
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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My mother called me Silver. I was born part precious metal, part pirate.
Orphaned and anchorless, Silver is taken in by blind Mr. Pew, the mysterious and miraculously old keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse. Pew tells Silver ancient tales of longing and rootlessness, of journeys that move through place and time, of passion and betrayal. His stories center on Babel Dark, a local nineteenth-century clergyman who lived two lives: a public one mired in darkness and a private one bathed in a beacon of light. Pew's stories are, for Silver, a map through her own particular darkness, into her own story and, finally, into love.
With Lighthousekeeping, Winterson begins a new cycle and a return to the lyrical intimacy of her earliest work. One of the most original and extraordinary writers of her generation, Winterson has created a modern fable about the transformative power of storytelling.
JEANETTE WINTERSON is the author of seven novels, a short-story collection, a book of essays, and most recently a children's picture book. She has won numerous awards, including the Whitbread First Novel Award, the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award. She lives in Oxfordshire and London.
UK PRAISE FOR LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING
"A brilliant, glittering piece of work, the kind that makes you gasp out loud at the sheer beauty of the language." -THE INDEPENDENT
"There is something rare and rather beautiful about Jeanette Winterson's writing. Never needlessly embellished, often darkly droll, it is spare but rich; timeless yet fresh . . . as poignant as it is powerful." -TIME OUT LONDON