Light Years

A Girlhood in Hawai'i

By Susanna Moore
(Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802144065, 195pp.)

Publication Date: February 2009

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Susanna Moore is best known for her critically acclaimed novelscomplex and compelling works like In the Cut and My Old Sweetheart. Now, Moore’s Light Years is a shimmering look at the early life of this cherished novelist. Taking the form of a Commonplace Book, it mixes reminiscences with passages from famous works of literature that were formative in her younger years. Born in Hawai’i at a time when the islands were separated from the U.S. mainland by five days’ ship travel, Moore was raised in a secluded paradise of water, light, and color. As a child she spent endless days holed up with a bundle of books while the sound of the ocean and the calls of her brothers and sister drifted toward her through the palm grove. All around her, Moore saw flashes of the ocean described in those pages: a force of kaleidoscopic beauty and romantic possibility, but with an undercurrent of unfathomable darkness. In Light Years: A Girlhood in Hawai’i, she weaves reminiscences of her childhood with some of her favorite pieces of literatureexcerpts from Robinson Crusoe, Moby-Dick, Treasure Island, Kon-Tiki, To the Lighthouse, and many others.




About the Author
Susanna Moore is the author of the novels "The Life of Objects", "The Big Girls", "One Last Look", "In the Cut", "Sleeping Beauties", "The Whiteness of Bones", and "My Old Sweetheart", and two books of nonfiction, "Light Years: A Girlhood in Hawai'i "and "I Myself Have Seen It: The Myth of Hawai'i". She lives in Hawai'i.
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