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A Sudden Light - A Novel

Garth Stein

When a boy tries to save his parents' marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain. In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor's bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel-who is flickering in and out of dementia-to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into "tract housing for millionaires," divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. But Trevor soon discovers there's someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah's wish is fulfilled, and Trevor's willingness to face the past holds the key to his family's future. A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family's struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein's outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all.

When a boy tries to save his parents' marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain. In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor's bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel-who is flickering in and out of dementia-to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into "tract housing for millionaires," divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. But Trevor soon discovers there's someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah's wish is fulfilled, and Trevor's willingness to face the past holds the key to his family's future. A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family's struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein's outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all.
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When a boy tries to save his parents' marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain. In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor's bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel-who is flickering in and out of dementia-to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into "tract housing for millionaires," divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. But Trevor soon discovers there's someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah's wish is fulfilled, and Trevor's willingness to face the past holds the key to his family's future. A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family's struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein's outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Seth Numrich

Length:

11h 35m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

06:11


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

21:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

36:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:16


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

19:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

22:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

12:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

24:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

18:15


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

19:23


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

47:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

21:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

12:28


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

20:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

18:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:10


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

10:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:06


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

36:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

12:44


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

10:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:57


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

17:15


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

24:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

10:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:19


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:50


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

20:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:09