The Sunlit Night

The Sunlit Night

by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight


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A major motion picture, based on the book and starring Jenny Slate, Gillian Anderson, Zach Galifianakis, and Alex Sharp, is an official Sundance selection.

In the beautiful, barren landscape of the Far North, under the ever-present midnight sun, Frances and Yasha are surprised to find refuge in each other. Their lives have been upended—Frances has fled heartbreak and claustrophobic Manhattan for an isolated artist colony; Yasha, a Russian immigrant raised in a bakery in Brighton Beach, arrives from Brooklyn to fulfill his beloved father’s last wish: to be buried "at the top of the world." They have come to learn how to be alone.

But in Lofoten, an archipelago of six tiny islands in the Norwegian Sea, ninety-five miles north of the Arctic Circle, they form a bond that fortifies them against the turmoil of their distant homes, offering solace amidst great uncertainty. With nimble and sure-footed prose enriched with humor and warmth, Dinerstein reveals that no matter how far we travel to claim our own territory, it is ultimately love that gives us our place in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632861122
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Dinerstein is the author of Lofoten, a bilingual English-Norwegian collection of poems. She received her B.A. from Yale and her M.F.A. in Fiction from New York University, where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter @beckydinerstein.

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The Sunlit Night 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes I read reviews before, but I ALWAYS read them afterwards and I was shocked at how many bad reviews this book received. I almost feel like there is some passive-aggressive anti-Semitic feelings are involved, although I would prefer to hope not. I thought that this book was very interesting and well written with an interesting perspective. I, too, am an artist, who was never encouraged to pursue art (or any creative avenues) as viable employment. I understood all the frustration that entails, all the talk about light, the need to prove yourself, and living in a competitive and critical house. The fear of love and sex; not being loved or lovable; failing or succeeding, only to fail anyway. I think it’s all described in beautiful settings, by beautifully flawed characters. Isn’t that what an author is supposed to do for us?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've spent far too many nights trying to finish this tale. Flow is not an adjective pertinent to this book. From moments of lyrical descriptions to crazy inserted random was like she dropped her note cards and just inserted them anywhere while chasing a quick rabbit. I kept reading for book club AND to see where Yasha ended. He was my favorite voice and solid character. I'm interested in hearing how the author speaks of her work. Don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pure Drudgery-couldn't even finish this book