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A Northern Light By Jennifer Donnelly A Northern Light Sixteen year old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true Desperate for money she takes a job at the Glen where hotel guest Grace Brown entrusts her with the task of burn

  • Title: A Northern Light
  • Author: Jennifer Donnelly
  • ISBN: 9780152053109
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Northern Light By Jennifer Donnelly Sixteen year old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true Desperate for money, she takes a job at the Glen, where hotel guest Grace Brown entrusts her with the task of burning a secret bundle of letters But when Grace s drowned body is fished from the lake, Mattie discovers that the letters could reveal the grim truth behind a murder.Set iSixteen year old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true Desperate for money, she takes a job at the Glen, where hotel guest Grace Brown entrusts her with the task of burning a secret bundle of letters But when Grace s drowned body is fished from the lake, Mattie discovers that the letters could reveal the grim truth behind a murder.Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser s An American Tragedy, Jennifer Donnelly s astonishing debut novel effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, and real, and wholly original.Includes a reader s guide and an interview with the author.
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    1. karen on said:

      this monday morning float is for you, alfonso oh, a northern light, you were way better than i expected i used to get really angry at this book, because it would come up in resort all the time and some people would just shelve it in my section because it looks like a grown up book, not like teen fiction, and i would always have to be yanking it off the shelves and saying nooooo, you go downstairs like shooing away a mischievous dog while i was reading it, i loved it.a few days after, i am aware [...]

    2. Aleeeeeza on said:

      Last year, I used to go every day to the library of the bank where my dad works at ain t that a mouthful or what I was homeschooled, and it was the perfect place to study for upcomin exams There I stumbled upon a Reader s Digest Condensed Version book, which basically features up to 4 abridged books in one volume, and one of the novels it featured was A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly which I later found out was called A Northern Light in the states Since I am the queen of procrastination, [...]

    3. Carol on said:

      The Hook When I worked in the library I often recommended A Northern Light to older young adults or even adults looking for a good historical fiction book Now mind you, librarians cannot read every book in a library but we pay attention to reviews, awards and patron comments I had never read A Northern Light but could book talk it based on the above criteria and never heard any complaints In fact most who had never read anything by Jennifer Donnelly picked up The Tea Rose or other of her books t [...]

    4. Tabetha on said:

      Rating 4.5 Review Words fail me sometimes I have read most every book in the Webster s Dictionary of the English language, but I still have trouble making them come when I want them to Right now I want a word that describes the feeling you get a cold sick feeling deep down inside when you know something is happening that will change you, and you don t want it to, but you can t stop it And you know, for the first time, for the very first time, that there will be a before and an after, a was and a [...]

    5. Bonnie Shores on said:

      Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser s An American Tragedy, Jennifer Donnelly s novel effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, and real, and wholly original I m borrowing the blurb for this story for one reason Why you ask Because this book was NOTHING like I thought it would be based on the summary Now, that doesn t mean that I didn t love it, because I absolutely did It just means that I thought the murder would [...]

    6. Kirsti on said:

      I rate one star not because I didn t like it but because there is a nauseating amount of this genre book in existence The genre of a bookish, misunderstood girl who fights against the strictures of society so that she can be a liberated woman The genre of book where the author tries to set the world straight on what a girl should do with her life and how she should be treated The most galling is that the author writes the protagonist Mattie as disliking books with happy endings but then proceeds [...]

    7. Heather on said:

      I had looked around I d seen all the things she d spoken of and besides I d seen a bear cub lift its face to the drenching spring rains And the silver moon of winter, so high and blinding I d seen the crimson glory of a stand of sugar maple in autumn and the unspeakable stillness of a mountain lake at dawn I d seen them and loved them But I d also seen the dark of things The starved carcasses of winter deer The driving fury of a blizzard wind And the gloom that broods under the pines always Eve [...]

    8. Erin on said:

      3.5 stars Hope Davis narrates audio book 8h 49m Jennifer Donnelly s historical fiction romance books for YA readers are always a real treat Her female characters tend to be determined, strong willed, and bookish In A Northern Light we are taken into the rural life of one girl in 20th century America Sixteen year old Mattie Gokey dreams of a life beyond her vacation resort town and the life of a writer in New York City But Mattie s widowed father, her little sisters, and her first love all questi [...]

    9. Janina on said:

      I don t quite understand why this book hasn t caught my attention earlier It is excellently written, features a strong and likable heroine and perfectly captures her hopes and fears in an era so different to our own It touches on a lot of issues racial injustice, the situation of women at the beginning of the 20th century, poverty and family ties and it does so in a very realistic way It doesn t look at things through rose coloured glasses, and it certainly doesn t offer an ending with a bow saf [...]

    10. Keertana on said:

      A Northern Light is one of those books you come across every few years the type of novel that buries itself in your heart from the first page and simply lingers in your thoughts for days, weeks, and even months afterward Although I ve probably read at least two books and three novellas since I set this story down, it has still been in the forefront of my thoughts I will likely tell my parents to yell at Jennifer Donnelly if they want someone to blame for my bad grades and sleepless nights After [...]

    11. Mark on said:

      Grace drowned in Big Moose Lake betrayed by love Mattie drowning in responsibility and weighed down by her sense of duty and others expectations Weaver choking on prejudice and small mindedness Emily fighting to break the surface of her own stifling marriage Using the framework of the drowning of a young woman in 1906 Jennifer Donnelly gathers up the threads and images present in a poor close knit farming community in the Adirondacks and uses it like a loom to weave together a complex pattern in [...]

    12. Pamela on said:

      Gripping, haunting, emotive, and intensely atmospheric I was quite taken by this novel From page one, Jennifer Donnelly had me hooked And though her intended audience is that of young adults, I think it s equally suited for a mature audience with prose that is at times poetically beautiful, and yet, youthful and crisp There are even moments of diffusing playfulness and humor Right now I want a word that describes the feeling you get a cold, sick feeling deep down inside when you know something i [...]

    13. Tatiana on said:

      An excellent YA novel It didn t make me bawl my eyes out however, therefore only 4 stars Set in 1906, the book follows an important period in a 16 year old girl s life, when she faces the dilemma of what her future will be Mattie is an aspiring writer and yearns to attend university, but her family responsibilities hinder her dreams Will she choose to risk it all and try to find her own independence or will she succumb to her family s wishes and abandon her aspirations to instead become a farmer [...]

    14. Becky on said:

      I love books about booklovers I love the feeling of connection that I have with people who appreciate books and words the same way that I do I felt this especially with Mattie, because she loves words and language and writing, but doesn t know exactly how to use those words they are just built up inside her, preparing her for when she will be able to express herself When I started this book, I wasn t sure if I would Love it with a capital L as some of my friends here Loved it It is very beautifu [...]

    15. Rosianna on said:

      It wasn t until the very end of this book that I realised exactly how much I loved it I am unsure if I would call it enjoyable, like a very well written, intelligent and absorbing read rather than something I would call uplifting It s definitely haunting, and definitely something everyone should read.

    16. Paul on said:

      This isn t my normal fare and I m not entirely sure how it ended up on the bookshelf However for bedtime reading I m willing to try pretty much anything This is a coming of age story set in early twentieth century America in New York state in a rural farming community The author has quite neatly woven the story around an actual historical event the murder of a young woman called Grace Brown also the basis of Dreiser s An American Tragedy The story revolves around Mattie, who is 16, her family an [...]

    17. Allison (The Allure of Books) on said:

      Lyrical Captivating Haunting.All the different facets of this novel add up to make one of the best stories I have ever read From the very first page, Mattie Gokey s zeal for words makes the pages of the book turn themselves Weaved throughout Maggie s fictional struggles is the real life story of the death of Grace Brown, as seen through Mattie s brief and fictional, of course interaction with her, and letters that she left behind the letters are real, by the way.This is not an idyllic coming of [...]

    18. Sara on said:

      It s been a long time since I passionately hated a book as much as this one The positives the book is well written, and the weaving of the fictional story with the real Grace Brown story is skillfully done The negatives the book is dark and depressing The mother dies of cancer in her 30s, which I probably took a little too personally All of the males but one are scum there are very few gentlemen, which I don t think is an accurate portrayal of the time Sure, there have been cads at all times and [...]

    19. Laura on said:

      This one takes a little time to get some momentum going but once it does, it s good I think the description is a little misleading I think it s a coming of age book than a mystery I personally think The Tea Rose was a better written story by Donnelly but I think this was maybe her debut novel With that said, not bad at all.

    20. Melissa on said:

      I have mixed feelings about this book Parts were written well other parts were of a stretch Some of the events were extremely predictable others were a total surprise Some events and characters seem to have no point in the overall plot, and others that have a greater role in the plot hardly appear at all Having taken a number of creative writing classes, I know these things to be things most writers avoid I wouldn t call this great writing It is overall an engaging book, but not great writing I [...]

    21. Naomi Sarah on said:

      This book had some things I could ve done without BUT GAH It gave me so much writing inspiration and I LOVE WORDS The end.

    22. Tina on said:

      Original post at One More PageI was never a big fan of historical novels because in my mind, they re equivalent to classics slow reading and oftentimes, hard to read I tend to shy away from any novel set in any part of history that isn t a classic becausewell, classics are classics for a reason that s why I feel the need to read them Historicals are just that, and it doesn t really call my name.That s just me being a book snob, excuse me there.But the good reviews of Jennifer Donnelly s books go [...]

    23. Shelley on said:

      This author, and her lead character Mattie, have such a beautiful love of words Mattie, a sixteen year old girl in 1906 rural New York, has an incredibly intelligent mind, a gentle spirit, and a passion for literature She is not a farm girl.Mattie walks us through this story almost as if she is standing beside you, narrating the scene, complete with her meandering thoughts, either analyzing the origins of words, or facing her daily fears and dashed dreams.Confabulate was my word of the day and W [...]

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    25. Fiona on said:

      This is one of my favourite books I have read It is brilliantly written and the characters so real and truthful A Gathering Light, or A Northern Light is based on the real life case of Grace Brown and the letters of her you read within this book are her actual letters.Around the story of Grace Brown, is the story of Mattie who is one of the most real, memorable characters written I have come across I love Mattie, she feels real to me and it is as if I really know her A feeling I am sure she will [...]

    26. Sarah on said:

      Disliked this book for three reasons 1 Mattie irritated me She was supposed to be so smart but I thought she was stupid, I d figured out the big mystery by the second page but she was clueless until nearly the end.2 Weaver also annoyed me I mean yes he was discriminated against and treated badly, blah blah, but I felt no pity for him because he so obviously pitied himself enough for both of us His constant self righteous rage made me want to smack him 3 I thought the writer was projecting her ow [...]

    27. Alissa Patrick on said:

      I chose to add this book to my TBR because it was on several lists as one of the Best Children s Books it is actually an YA historical novel but nevertheless it was a compelling read It s basically a interesting piece of fiction about a girl growing up in the Adirondacks in the 1900s who envisions a better life for herself She loves to read books and learns a new word from the dictionary everyday.This peaked my interest because 1 I LOVE books about books, and 2 I love reading books about people [...]

    28. Celeste on said:

      Another 5 stars for Jennifer Donnelly I absolutely adored this book and the characters within it I hope to write a cohesive review sometime soon but we ll see if that s true or not

    29. Monique on said:

      I was set to giving this book a three star rating when I happened to read on the Author s Note part that the characters of Grace Brown and Chester Gillette, as well as the facts of Grace s murder in the Adirondacks and the fishing out of her body from the waters of the Big Moose Lake, are actually real people and events Thus, although the book s main protagonist, Mattie Gokey, was fictional, the novel was actually constructed upon and based on history And I have a certain penchant for historical [...]

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