Lights All Night Long

Lights All Night Long

by Lydia Fitzpatrick

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ISBN-13: 9780525558736
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 21,800
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Lydia Fitzpatrick's work has appeared in the The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, One Story, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant. She graduated from Princeton University and received an MFA from the University of Michigan. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

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Lights All Night Long 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 15 days ago
So fantastic. I haven't been this lost and invested in characters in years. Aside from the rich storyline, the incredible sense of place that Fitzpatrick created in Louisiana and Russia was so deeply wonderful and most certainly haunting. Can't believe this is her first book. I could've read 500 more pages without blinking. I'm ready for more from Fitzpatrick. ENJOY!!!
Anonymous 15 days ago
Loved it. Terrific story - very satisfying mystery that kept me turning the pages. But it's the relationships in this book that really make it special. The pages between Ilya and his brother Vladimir are so full of life and humor and heart-wrenching truth. Seeing America through Ilya's eyes is so touching and funny and illuminating -- I particularly enjoyed the way he sees everyday things we take for granted. Ilya's transition to high school life in Louisiana is not without bumps and the baggage of grief, but his budding friendship and then romance with Sadie gives the novel hope and joy, and a new mystery to boot. Their stories dovetail beautifully as Sadie's own backstory is revealed. But as with the rest of this gorgeously plotted and human novel, all the shared struggles and uncomfortable truths, in the end, help bring the characters even closer together.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Loved it. Terrific story - very satisfying mystery that kept me turning the pages. But it's the relationships in this book that really make it special. The pages between Ilya and his brother Vladimir are so full of life and humor and heart-wrenching truth. Seeing America through Ilya's eyes is so touching and funny and illuminating -- I particularly enjoyed the way he sees everyday things we take for granted. Ilya's transition to high school life in Louisiana is not without bumps and the baggage of grief, but his budding friendship and then romance with Sadie gives the novel hope and joy, and a new mystery to boot. Their stories dovetail beautifully as Sadie's own backstory is revealed. But as with the rest of this gorgeously plotted and human novel, all the shared struggles and uncomfortable truths, in the end, help bring the characters even closer together.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Loved it. Terrific story - very satisfying mystery that kept me turning the pages. But it's the relationships in this book that really make it special. The pages between Ilya and his brother Vladimir are so full of life and humor and heart-wrenching truth. Seeing America through Ilya's eyes is so touching and funny and illuminating -- I particularly enjoyed the way he sees everyday things we take for granted. Ilya's transition to high school life in Louisiana is not without bumps and the baggage of grief, but his budding friendship and then romance with Sadie gives the novel hope and joy, and a new mystery to boot. Their stories dovetail beautifully as Sadie's own backstory is revealed. But as with the rest of this gorgeously plotted and human novel, all the shared struggles and uncomfortable truths, in the end, help bring the characters even closer together.
Pamela Gordon 17 days ago
An amazing book, quite enjoyable and surprising. I didn't think this was going to be a mystery but there was a bit of that in this book. It was mainly about this smart Russian kid Ilya and his older brother Vladimir. They grow up in a small oil refinery village in Russia, a place where no one goes. Ilya, the smart one, learned English easily, and with some luck was able to go to the United States through an exchange program with the oil refinery company in Russia and one in Louisiana. The book is split between Ilya's time in the U.S. and his time in Russia, mostly of the last year or so. Ilya loves and looks up to his brother immensely and when the book starts Vladimir is in jail in Russia. Ilya knows that the crime, three murders, were not done by his brother despite the fact that Vladimir confessed. Ilya become obsessed with trying to solve the murders even while in the U.S. A new drug called krokodil appears in Russia and seems to explain much of Vladimir's behaviors, but there is more to it. The book reveals more and more as you read. My only complaint is that the book kept going after the reveal of who did kill the women. Sometimes it's a good thing to give a little more, an epilogue or coda, but actually I think it would have been left at a shorter point than it did. Overall an good book. And while it is about teenagers I would not call this a YA book. Then again, I'm not of that age anymore.
SheTreadsSoftly 17 days ago
Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick is a highly recommended heartbreaking coming-of-age novel. This is the story of two Russian brothers, Ilya and Vladimir, who take different paths. The novel opens with fifteen-year-old exchange student Ilya arriving in Effie, Louisiana, from Berlozhniki, a small village in Russia on the edge of the Arctic Circle. This should be an exciting time, a dream come true, but as he left Russia, he left his older brother Vladimir behind - and Vladimir has just been thrown into jail and charged with the murder of three young girls. Ilya knows Vladimir is innocent, but how can he prove it while living in America? The story alternates between the Ilya's past in Russia, leading up to the present day, and his time in America, where he finds an ally and help from his host family's daughter, Sadie. The two brothers were always close, but Ilya has always been the studious one, excelling in learning English. As Ilya studied and prepared for the exam that would allow him to be an exchange student in America, Vladimir descended further into drinking and the local drug culture. Now Ilya and Sadie find a way to help Vladimir from afar. The alternating chapters serve to contrast the poverty in Russia and the abundance in America, but also served to show, as Ilya learns more, some of the similarities in both countries and cultures. The novel does start out slow and it takes time to get a better feel for Ilya and establish some sense of connection to the characters. The connection with Ilya does improve as the novel progresses and his character becomes better developed, but the slow start to the narrative does serve to impede any immediate connection. Sadie, the oldest daughter of the host family, is developed as a character, but the rest of the family are never really developed beyond caricatures. Mostly, this is a tale of two brothers, their bond, and the very different lives the two live. This is a well-written, compassionate, compelling account of Ilya's life and family and an impressive debut novel. The mystery, solving the murders, does reach a satisfying conclusion which is aptly tied into the plot. The focus is really on the relationship between the brothers and the lengths you will go to help those you love. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random House.
Stonewall895 17 days ago
I was lucky to get my hands on an advanced copy of this wonderful book. I read Lights all Night Long on a long airplane flight and had about 15 pages left when the plane landed. I was so captivated by the conclusion of the book and the revelation of the mystery that I could not put the book down. I ended up being the last person on the plane with the stewardess gently telling me it was time to get off the plane! Simply put, Lights all Night Long is an utterly captivating story with a mystery that will keep you guessing and theorizing throughout the book. In addition to an enthralling and memorizing storyline, the book is also a beautiful literary work, complete with artful composition, intriguing detail, and complex and frighteningly relatable characters. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who can get their hands on it! I think the release is in April of 2019.