Lighthouse Island

Lighthouse Island

Synopsis

Paulette Jiles's novels have been called "beautiful," "unforgettable," "impeccable," "pitch perfect," "life-affirming," "deeply relevant," "Homeresque," "remarkably engaging," "glorious." Now the acclaimed poet and New York Times bestselling author of The Color of Lightning, Stormy Weather, and Enemy Women limns new territory with this captivating and atmospheric story set in the far future—a beautiful and engaging literary dystopian tale resonant with love and hope.

See the rain forests . . . northern beauty, misted nights. Come to Lighthouse Island . . .

In the coming centuries, the world's population has exploded and covered the earth with endless cities. Animals are nearly all gone. Drought plagues the land and cloudy water is issued by the quart. There are no maps, no borders, no numbered years. On this urban planet the only relief from the overcrowding, the petty informers, and the harsh rule of the big Agencies is the television in every living space, offering dreams of vanished waterfalls and the promise of virtual vacations in green spaces for the lucky few.

It is an unwelcoming world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan, abandoned by her parents on a crowded street when she was four with only a drawing of the constellations of the Big Dipper—Cassiopeia's Chair and the North Star—and her mother's parting words: "Look to the North Star, and we will always be there." Shuttled from orphanage to orphanage, foster family to foster family, Nadia grows up dreaming of the vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest where she believes her long-lost parents must be. As her obsession grows, so too does her determination to find her way there.

In the meantime, this bright and witty orphan falls into the refuge of old and neglected books; the lost world of the imagination filled with characters who can't disappear, or be arrested, or hurt her. And there is the voice, bounced from an abandoned satellite, that patiently reads, over and over, the great classical books of the world—Big Radio, a sound in the night that lifts Nadia above the relentless television noise and the dull and perpetual Present. Despite deprivation, uncertainty, and the deceptions she must use to survive, Nadia's dream never waivers. "It will get better, life will get better."

When an opportunity for escape appears, Nadia takes it, abandoning everything to strike out for Lighthouse Island in a dangerous and sometimes comic adventure. She faces every contingency with bottomless inventiveness and meets the man who changes the course of her life: James Orotov, a mapmaker and demolition expert. Together, they evade arrest and head north toward a place of wild beauty that lies beyond the megalopolis: Lighthouse Island and its all-seeing eye.

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Chapters

  • 001 - Lighthouse Island_ A Novel
    Duration: 36s
  • 002 - Chapter 01
    Duration: 18min
  • 003 - Chapter 02
    Duration: 20min
  • 004 - Chapter 03
    Duration: 16min
  • 005 - Chapter 04
    Duration: 14min
  • 006 - Chapter 05
    Duration: 22min
  • 007 - Chapter 06
    Duration: 28min
  • 008 - Chapter 07
    Duration: 15min
  • 009 - Chapter 08
    Duration: 10min
  • 010 - Chapter 09
    Duration: 15min
  • 011 - Chapter 10
    Duration: 13min
  • 012 - Chapter 11
    Duration: 18min
  • 013 - Chapter 12
    Duration: 28min
  • 014 - Chapter 13
    Duration: 21min
  • 015 - Chapter 14
    Duration: 23min
  • 016 - Chapter 15
    Duration: 13min
  • 017 - Chapter 16
    Duration: 21min
  • 018 - Chapter 17
    Duration: 25min
  • 019 - Chapter 18
    Duration: 23min
  • 020 - Chapter 19
    Duration: 13min
  • 021 - Chapter 20
    Duration: 15min
  • 022 - Chapter 21
    Duration: 17min
  • 023 - Chapter 22
    Duration: 22min
  • 024 - Chapter 23
    Duration: 06min
  • 025 - Chapter 24
    Duration: 08min
  • 026 - Chapter 25
    Duration: 18min
  • 027 - Chapter 26
    Duration: 08min
  • 028 - Chapter 27
    Duration: 14min
  • 029 - Chapter 28
    Duration: 13min
  • 030 - Chapter 29
    Duration: 12min
  • 031 - Chapter 30
    Duration: 10min
  • 032 - Chapter 31
    Duration: 21min
  • 033 - Chapter 32
    Duration: 19min
  • 034 - Chapter 33
    Duration: 16min
  • 035 - Chapter 34
    Duration: 13min
  • 036 - Chapter 35
    Duration: 10min
  • 037 - Chapter 36
    Duration: 11min
  • 038 - Chapter 37
    Duration: 13min
  • 039 - Chapter 38
    Duration: 16min
  • 040 - Chapter 39
    Duration: 20min
  • 041 - Chapter 40
    Duration: 13min
  • 042 - Chapter 41
    Duration: 06min
  • 043 - Chapter 42
    Duration: 16min
  • 044 - Chapter 43
    Duration: 17min
  • 045 - Chapter 44
    Duration: 13min
  • 046 - Chapter 45
    Duration: 11min
  • 047 - Chapter 46
    Duration: 07min
  • 048 - Chapter 47
    Duration: 07min
  • 049 - Chapter 48
    Duration: 17min
  • 050 - Chapter 49
    Duration: 17min
  • 051 - Chapter 50
    Duration: 10min
  • 052 - Chapter 51
    Duration: 13min
  • 053 - Chapter 52
    Duration: 13min
  • 054 - Chapter 53
    Duration: 25min
  • 055 - Chapter 54
    Duration: 05min
  • 056 - Credits
    Duration: 51s
  • sample-779
    Duration: 01min

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