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Enlightenment by Sarah Perry

Enlightenment

A Novel

by Sarah Perry
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Under the eaves of their Baptist church, two friends of different generations grapple with aching legacies of unrequited love and resentment, while the mystery of a local astronomer cycles in and out of their lives.

Following two friends three decades apart in age who hail from the Bethesda Church Baptist community in Aldleigh, Essex, Sarah Perry's Enlightenment opens with the older: bookish, middle-aged writer Thomas Hart. Known for his local Essex Chronicle columns on ghosts and literature, Thomas agrees to attempt a piece on the 1997 arrival of Great Comet Hale-Bopp at naked-eye visibility in the night sky. Enraptured by a subsequent close look at the moon, Thomas begins a decades-long obsession with astronomy. Soon afterwards, he belatedly agrees to meet with James Bower at Essex Museum Services, who has written to Thomas about recently discovered documents from the dilapidated Lowlands House, surmising them to be related to the Lowlands ghost he has featured in his column. Thomas's growing enthusiasm for astronomy only increases as he gradually figures out that the Lowlands ghost is likely ...

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