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The Year the Lights Came On

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First published in 1976, The Year the Lights Came On was Terry Kay's debut novel. Revolving around the electrification of rural northeast Georgia shortly after the end of World War II, the novel has become a classic coming-of-age story. Kay, now an acclaimed writer with an international following, has reread the novel with the eyes of a seasoned storyteller. Cutting here and adding there, Kay has enriched an already highly comical and poignant work. The Year the Lights Came On is ready to find its place in the ...
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Overview


First published in 1976, The Year the Lights Came On was Terry Kay's debut novel. Revolving around the electrification of rural northeast Georgia shortly after the end of World War II, the novel has become a classic coming-of-age story. Kay, now an acclaimed writer with an international following, has reread the novel with the eyes of a seasoned storyteller. Cutting here and adding there, Kay has enriched an already highly comical and poignant work. The Year the Lights Came On is ready to find its place in the hearts of a new generation.
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"The Year the Lights Came On hit my desk one day, went home with me that afternoon and kept me up, sans supper, sans television, sans twilight walk in the yard, until I had finished every last word of it. It is a lovely, moving, suspenseful story with that rare quality which so few writers achieve, the thing that makes you say, "That's the way it was. I remember'"--Celestine Sibley, Atlanta Constitution

"This is a story of youth, its joys and adventures, its pains and battles, its loves and friendships. Kay has come up with a deliciously nostalgic look at the whole experience of Growing Up.”--Christian Science Monitor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553107173
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1978

Meet the Author


Terry Kay, the author of eleven books, was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2006. Nine of his books are novels, including To Dance with the White Dog and The Valley of Light, which received both the Best Fiction Award from the Georgia Writers Association and the Townsend Prize. Kay lives in Athens, Georgia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    Pretty Good For School Reading

    The Year the Lights Came On, was one of the books my school put on our 10th grade required reading list. For being required, it was pretty OK. Out of all of my required reading, this was one of my favorites. The book started out fast, so it wasn't difficult to really get into. I'll admit there were times when the reading became a little slow but overall I would say the book was very good. It's a good view of what southern friendship is really like and how people can overcome their differnces.

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