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Lights on the Sea

Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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In this riveting debut, prize-winning artist and filmmaker Miquel Reina maps out ambitious and fantastical new territory in a novel about a couple holding on for dear life as their world takes an extraordinary fall…

On the highest point of an island, in a house clinging to the edge of a cliff, live Mary Rose and Harold Grapes, a retired couple still mourning the death of their son thirty-five years before. Weighed down by decades of grief and memories, the Grapeses have never moved past the tragedy. Then, on the eve of eviction from the most beautiful and dangerously unstable perch in the area, they’re uprooted by a violent storm. The disbelieving Grapeses and their home take a free-fall slide into the white-capped sea and float away.

As the past that once moored them recedes and disappears, Mary Rose and Harold are delivered from decades of sorrow by the ebb and flow of the waves. Ahead of them, a light shimmers on the horizon, guiding them toward a revelatory and cathartic new engagement with life, and all its wonder.

Wildly imaginative, deeply poignant, and entirely unexpected, Lights on the Sea sweeps readers away on a journey of fate, acceptance, redemption, and survival against the most rewarding of odds.

©2017 Miquel Reina. Translation © 2018 by Catherine E. Nelson. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Teenie K
  • 17-11-18

a delightful diversion

I enjoyed this sweet, slightly fantastical tale of an elderly couple re-learning what is really important in life.

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  • Bloom
  • 03-11-18


Ment to be inspirational but very depressing. Very poetic and well acted but still very ladden with sadness and death. Not to be read it the reader is sad. Life is worth living. Suicide is not the answer no matter how novel it sounds. Needs a better ending.

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