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Goodreads Monday (8/24/20)–The Wide Starlight

Happy Monday, bibliophiles!

My first day of (online) school was today; it was mostly just google meets, which was alright. Of course, we got dumped with review in Spanish so that’s…[ahem] *fun*…

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme created by Lauren’s Page Turners. All you have to do to participate is pick a book from your Goodreads TBR, and explain why you want to read it.

I found this one floating around on Edelweiss in the eARCs, and though I don’t think I’ll request it (the publisher has declined me several times before), it sounds like an intriguing read!

Let’s begin, shall we?

GOODREADS MONDAY (8/24/20)–THE WIDE STARLIGHT by Nicole Lesperance

Blurb from Goodreads:

According to Arctic lore, if you whistle at the Northern Lights, they’ll swoop down and carry you off forever. Sixteen-year-old Eline Davis knows it’s true because it happened to her mother. Eli was there that night on the remote glacier in Svalbard, when her mother whistled, then vanished. 

Years later, Eli is living with her dad on Cape Cod. When Eli discovers the Northern Lights will be visible for one night on the Cape, she hatches a plan to use the lights to contact her missing mother. And it works. Her mother arrives with a hazy story of where she’s been all this time. Eli knows no one will believe them, so she keeps it all a secret. But when magical, dangerous things start happening–narwhals appearing in Cape Code Bay, meteorites landing in the yard by the hundreds, three shadowy fairytale princesses whispering ominous messages–the secrets start to become more like lies.

It’s all too much, too fast, and Eli pushes her mother away, not expecting her to disappear as abruptly as she appeared. Her mother’s gone again, and Eli’s devastated. Until she finds the note written in mother’s elegant scrawl: Find me where I left you. And so, off to Svalbard Eli goes.


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The blurb describes The Wide Starlight as The Hazel Wood meets The Astonishing Color of After–both books that I loved! (Though the latter was incredibly rough and put me in a bit of a sad mood for the rest of the day…)

This novel sounds like such a poignant piece of magical realism. Weaving mythology and folklore into themes of grief and the loss of a parent, this sounds like a unique and heartstring-pulling tale. If it’s done well, I think I might need some tissues…

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Plus–what a beautiful cover! I love the art style and the Northern lights in the background!

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That’s it for this week’s Goodreads Monday! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!



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4 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday (8/24/20)–The Wide Starlight

  1. I find the northern lights utterly enchanting. There’s something so other worldly about them, one day I’d love to see them for myself. I do think on occasion we can see them in Ireland but I think we are a little too south to get the full show. This sounds really appealing to me. Thanks for putting it on my radar Madeline ☺️💚

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