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Lighthouse Island - A Novel

Paulette Jiles

Paulette Jiles's novels have been called "beautiful," "unforgettable," "impeccable," "pitch perfect," "life-affirming," "deeply relevant," "Homeresque," "remarkably engaging," "glorious." Now the acclaimed poet and New York Times bestselling author of The Color of Lightning, Stormy Weather, and Enemy Women limns new territory with this captivating and atmospheric story set in the far future—a beautiful and engaging literary dystopian tale resonant with love and hope. See the rain forests . . . northern beauty, misted nights. Come to Lighthouse Island . . . In the coming centuries, the world's population has exploded and covered the earth with endless cities. Animals are nearly all gone. Drought plagues the land and cloudy water is issued by the quart. There are no maps, no borders, no numbered years. On this urban planet the only relief from the overcrowding, the petty informers, and the harsh rule of the big Agencies is the television in every living space, offering dreams of vanished waterfalls and the promise of virtual vacations in green spaces for the lucky few. It is an unwelcoming world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan, abandoned by her parents on a crowded street when she was four with only a drawing of the constellations of the Big Dipper—Cassiopeia's Chair and the North Star—and her mother's parting words: "Look to the North Star, and we will always be there." Shuttled from orphanage to orphanage, foster family to foster family, Nadia grows up dreaming of the vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest where she believes her long-lost parents must be. As her obsession grows, so too does her determination to find her way there. In the meantime, this bright and witty orphan falls into the refuge of old and neglected books; the lost world of the imagination filled with characters who can't disappear, or be arrested, or hurt her. And there is the voice, bounced from an abandoned satellite, that patiently reads, over and over, the great classical books of the world—Big

Paulette Jiles's novels have been called "beautiful," "unforgettable," "impeccable," "pitch perfect," "life-affirming," "deeply relevant," "Homeresque," "remarkably engaging," "glorious." Now the acclaimed poet and New York Times bestselling author of The Color of Lightning, Stormy Weather, and Enemy Women limns new territory with this captivating and atmospheric story set in the far future—a beautiful and engaging literary dystopian tale resonant with love and hope. See the rain forests . . . northern beauty, misted nights. Come to Lighthouse Island . . . In the coming centuries, the world's population has exploded and covered the earth with endless cities. Animals are nearly all gone. Drought plagues the land and cloudy water is issued by the quart. There are no maps, no borders, no numbered years. On this urban planet the only relief from the overcrowding, the petty informers, and the harsh rule of the big Agencies is the television in every living space, offering dreams of vanished waterfalls and the promise of virtual vacations in green spaces for the lucky few. It is an unwelcoming world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan, abandoned by her parents on a crowded street when she was four with only a drawing of the constellations of the Big Dipper—Cassiopeia's Chair and the North Star—and her mother's parting words: "Look to the North Star, and we will always be there." Shuttled from orphanage to orphanage, foster family to foster family, Nadia grows up dreaming of the vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest where she believes her long-lost parents must be. As her obsession grows, so too does her determination to find her way there. In the meantime, this bright and witty orphan falls into the refuge of old and neglected books; the lost world of the imagination filled with characters who can't disappear, or be arrested, or hurt her. And there is the voice, bounced from an abandoned satellite, that patiently reads, over and over, the great classical books of the world—Big
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Paulette Jiles's novels have been called "beautiful," "unforgettable," "impeccable," "pitch perfect," "life-affirming," "deeply relevant," "Homeresque," "remarkably engaging," "glorious." Now the acclaimed poet and New York Times bestselling author of The Color of Lightning, Stormy Weather, and Enemy Women limns new territory with this captivating and atmospheric story set in the far future—a beautiful and engaging literary dystopian tale resonant with love and hope. See the rain forests . . . northern beauty, misted nights. Come to Lighthouse Island . . . In the coming centuries, the world's population has exploded and covered the earth with endless cities. Animals are nearly all gone. Drought plagues the land and cloudy water is issued by the quart. There are no maps, no borders, no numbered years. On this urban planet the only relief from the overcrowding, the petty informers, and the harsh rule of the big Agencies is the television in every living space, offering dreams of vanished waterfalls and the promise of virtual vacations in green spaces for the lucky few. It is an unwelcoming world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan, abandoned by her parents on a crowded street when she was four with only a drawing of the constellations of the Big Dipper—Cassiopeia's Chair and the North Star—and her mother's parting words: "Look to the North Star, and we will always be there." Shuttled from orphanage to orphanage, foster family to foster family, Nadia grows up dreaming of the vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest where she believes her long-lost parents must be. As her obsession grows, so too does her determination to find her way there. In the meantime, this bright and witty orphan falls into the refuge of old and neglected books; the lost world of the imagination filled with characters who can't disappear, or be arrested, or hurt her. And there is the voice, bounced from an abandoned satellite, that patiently reads, over and over, the great classical books of the world—Big

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kevin T. Collins

Length:

14h 22m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:37


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

20:30


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

16:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:49


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

28:48


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

23:34


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

13:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

21:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

23:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

13:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

22:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

18:50


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

14:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

12:06


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

21:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

19:32


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

16:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

10:34


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

11:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

13:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

16:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

20:11


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

13:26


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

16:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

17:32


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

13:45


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

11:38


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:25


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

17:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

17:58


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

10:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

13:53


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

13:49


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

25:40


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:43


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

00:52