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Lighthousekeeping tells the tale of Silver ("My mother called me Silver. I was born part precious metal, part pirate."), an orphaned girl who is taken in by blind Mr. Pew, the mysterious and miraculously old keeper of a lighthouse on the Scottish coast. Pew tells Silver stories of Babel Dark, a nineteenth-century clergyman. Dark lived two lives: a public one mired in darkness and deceit and a private one bathed in the light of passionate love. For Silver, Dark's life becomes a map through her own darkness, into her own story, and, finally, into love.
One of the most original and extraordinary writers of her generation, Jeanette Winterson has created a modern fable about the transformative power of storytelling.
Praise For Lighthousekeeping…
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
Mariner Books, 9780156032896, 252pp.
Publication Date: April 3, 2006
About the Author
Born in Manchester, England, Jeanette Winterson is the author of seventeen books, including the national bestseller Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, and The Passion. She has won many prizes including the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, and the Stonewall Award.