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“Jean Pendziwol’s beautifully written novel captured me from the very first page. Its descriptions of the windswept lightkeeper’s station of Elizabeth’s and Emily’s youth are so crisply rendered I felt I was standing on its shores watching the great ships cross the stormy waters of Lake Superior. Even more than its vivid evocation of a unique time and place, The Lightkeeper's Daughters is a sensitive and moving examination of the nature of identity, the importance of family, and the possibility of second chances."Heather Young, author of The Lost Girls

Though her mind is still sharp, Elizabeth's eyes have failed. No longer able to linger over her beloved books or gaze at the paintings that move her spirit, she fills the void with music and memories of her family—a past that suddenly becomes all too present when her late father's journals are found amid the ruins of an old shipwreck.

With the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenage performing community service, Elizabeth goes through the diaries, a journey through time that brings the two women closer together. Entry by entry, these unlikely friends are drawn deep into a world far removed from their own—to Porphyry Island on Lake Superior, where Elizabeth’s father manned the lighthouse seventy years before.

As the words on these musty pages come alive, Elizabeth and Morgan begin to realize that their fates are connected to the isolated island in ways they never dreamed. While the discovery of Morgan's connection sheds light onto her own family mysteries, the faded pages of the journals hold more questions than answers for Elizabeth, and threaten the very core of who she is.

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“Morgan Fletcher is performing community service at the senior center, penance for tagging it with graffiti art. She’s matched up with Elizabeth Livingstone, an elderly woman whose mind is still sharp, even though her eyesight has failed her. Elizabeth has just been sent some journals belonging to her late father, but she needs Morgan’s help to read them. As Elizabeth uncovers details from her past with each page, Morgan becomes more determined to solve the mysteries in her own life.” —New York Post, “This Week’s Must-Reads”

“A deeply satisfying look at the meaning of family. With strong characters and rich in historical details, The Lightkeeper’s Daughters looks carefully at love and identity and the things we do to keep them both safe.” —Booklist

“Jean Pendziwol’s beautifully written novel captured me from the very first page. Its descriptions of the windswept lightkeeper’s station of Elizabeth’s and Emily’s youth are so crisply rendered I felt I was standing on its shores watching the great ships cross the stormy waters of Lake Superior. Even more than its vivid evocation of a unique time and place, THE LIGHTKEEPER’S DAUGHTERS is a sensitive and moving examination of the nature of identity, the importance of family, and the possibility of second chances.” —Heather Young, author of THE LOST GIRLS

“The past and present collide with stunning force in The Lightkeeper’s Daughters, Jean E. Pendizwol’s not-to-be-missed debut. When a troubled teen named Morgan meets the mercurial Elizabeth in a nursing home, it seems they have nothing in common. But Morgan soon finds echoes of her own past within the pages of Elizabeth’s father’s diary, echoes that the two must trace to discover the secrets of their shared past. Set against the richly evoked landscape of Lake Superior, The Lightkeeper’s Daughters is a novel about memory, about the inexorable forces of place, and, above all, about family.” —Michelle Richmond, author of The Year of Fog and The Marriage Pact

“Lake Superior may not give up its dead, but it does eventually give up the secret that lies at the heart of this compelling and fascinating novel by Jean Pendziwol. The Lightkeeper’s Daughters is a splendid feat of storytelling that held me happily spellbound from the opening pages to the satisfying final sentence.” —Nancy Richler, author of The Imposter Bride

“An elderly woman and a delinquent teen form an unlikely bond as they uncover the journal entries of a man who oversaw a remote Lake Superior lighthouse nearly a century before.” —Coastal Living, “50 Best Books for the Beach This Summer”

“An intricately satisfying story about love and deception that manages to be both melancholy and exhilarating. A haunting tale of nostalgia and lost chances that is full of last-minute surprises.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a perfect hammock read for those who love the Brontë sisters and Jodi Picoult in equal measure.” —Publishers Weekly

A remarkable achievement . . . a story of commitment, identity, and familial loyalty that will leave one in tears. Five out of five stars.” —New York Journal of Books

“An elegant adult fiction debut.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Seamlessly weaves between past and present. . . . I loved this story! From the characters to the setting, each aspect is perfect. THE LIGHTKEEPER’S DAUGHTERS is one of the best books that I’ve read this year. . . . beautifully written.” —Fresh Fiction

“If you loved The Light Between Oceans, check out The Lightkeeper’s Daughters.” —Book Bub

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062572028
  • ISBN 10: 0062572024
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 07/04/2017
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: 33.50 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Family Life
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Historical

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