Lighthouse Island: Book summary and reviews of Lighthouse Island by Paulette Jiles

Lighthouse Island

A Novel

by Paulette Jiles

Lighthouse Island by Paulette Jiles

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In the coming centuries the world's population has exploded. The earth is crowded with cities, animals are nearly all extinct, and drought is so widespread that water is rationed. There are no maps, no borders, no numbered years, and no freedom, except for an elite few.

It is a harsh world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan. Growing up, she dreams of a green vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest.

When an opportunity for escape arises, Nadia embarks on a dangerous and sometimes comic adventure. Along the way she meets a 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 megapolis - Lighthouse Island.

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"Jiles's prose is a striking match for the barren landscape of this moody adventure tale." - Publishers Weekly

"Jiles writes beautifully but paces the novel glacially." - Kirkus

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Paulette Jiles Author Biography

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Paulette Jiles is a poet and the author of Cousins, a memoir, and the bestselling novels Enemy Women, Stormy Weather, and The Color of Lightning. She lives on a ranch near San Antonio, Texas.

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