The Lightkeepers

The Lightkeepers

by Abby Geni


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Winner of the 2016 B&N Discover Great New Writers Award for Fiction

In The Lightkeepers , we follow Miranda, a nature photographer who travels to the Farallon Islands, an exotic and dangerous archipelago off the coast of California, for a one-year residency capturing the landscape. Her only companions are the scientists studying there, odd and quirky refugees from the mainland living in rustic conditions; they document the fish populations around the island, the bold trio of sharks called the Sisters that hunt the surrounding waters, and the overwhelming bird population who, at times, create the need to wear hard hats as protection from their attacks.

Shortly after her arrival, Miranda is assaulted by one of the inhabitants of the islands. A few days later, her assailant is found dead, perhaps the result of an accident. As the novel unfolds, Miranda gives witness to the natural wonders of this special place as she grapples with what has happened to her and deepens her connection (and her suspicions) to her companions, while falling under the thrall of the legends of the place nicknamed “the Islands of the Dead.” And when more violence occurs, each member of this strange community falls under suspicion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640090002
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 599,485
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Abby Geni is a graduate of Oberlin University and the Iowa Writers Workshop as well as the recipient of an Iowa Fellowship. Her work won first place in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and was listed in The Best American Stories 2010. She lives in Chicago.

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The Lightkeepers 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always a new twist and turn in every page! Enthralling !
TheAspiringAuthor More than 1 year ago
Written with rugged complexity, "The Lightkeepers" is haunting and captivating. The style is both eloquent and real, and can be attributed to a truly great author. The plot develops similarly to the mist and fog of the book's island setting: unexpectedly, mysteriously, and beautifully. The details and descriptions were magnificent, and the stunning depiction of the natural world and its objectiveness is displayed thoughtfully throughout the novel. It was a wonderful and compelling read that left me with a sense of breathlessness. The truth within its pages was both dangerous and exhilarating. I applaud the penmanship and would love to see more of this eerie and daunting style. I recommend this novel with the expectation that it will engross others as it has engrossed me in its splendid pages.
Fozzie More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed me at the prologue and did not let me go until the epilogue! I loved everything about this book --- the story, the mystery, the atmosphere, the writing, the structure, and even the science.
BooksontheNookFan More than 1 year ago
A compelling read that drew me in with its complexity and accessibility. I devoured this book and was absolutely transported. Haunting, beautiful and dangerous.
DS0 More than 1 year ago