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A Northern Light
 
 
Author
Jennifer Donnelly.
Publisher Harcourt  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780152053109
Pages/Publication Date 396/2003
Daedalus Item Code 30594
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(A 2004 Printz Honor Book and Winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize) Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true. Desperate for money, she takes a job at the Glenmore Hotel, and one day a guest named Grace Brown entrusts her with the task of burning a secret bundle of letters. But when Brown's body is fished from the lake, Mattie discovers that the letters could reveal the grim truth behind a murder. Inspired by the same 1906 drowning at the center of Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy, Jennifer Donnelly's young adult novel is a unique coming-of-age story that weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something wholly original.

"As she learns Brown's story, [Mattie's] narrative shifts between the goings-on at the hotel and her previous year at home: her toil at the farm; her relationship with her harsh, remote father; her pain at being forbidden to accept a college scholarship. 'Plain and bookish,' Mattie is thrilled about, but wary of, a handsome neighbor's attentions, and she wonders if she must give up her dream of writing if she marries. In an intelligent, colloquial voice that speaks with a writer's love of language and an observant eye, Mattie details the physical particulars of people's lives as well as deeper issues of race, class, and gender as she strains against family and societal limitations. Donnelly adds a crowd of intriguing, well-drawn secondary characters whose stories help Mattie define her own desires and sense of self."Booklist (starred review)

 
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