I’ve read a few five-star books this year–The Mothers, Dark Matter, Homegoing–but this one is destined to be my favorite book of 2017 by far. I pretty much only put it down to eat and sleep.
If you loved Me Before You, Bridges of Madison County before that, and Love Story even before that then you will absolutely adore The Light We Lost, from its gorgeous front cover to its soon-to-be tear-stained back cover.
This intensely sexy and deeply emotional debut novel (Jill Santopolo previously wrote for middle grade and YA audiences) describes the deep love between a photojournalist and children’s television producer who meet as college students on the day the Twin Towers fall.
Despite an extraordinary first kiss, Gabe and Lucy initially go their separate ways. But their genuine connection becomes undeniable a year later when they meet again. What follows is a thirteen-year odyssey of dreams, choices, romance, love and forsaken possibilities.
Santopolo tells this beautiful and heartbreaking love story as though Lucy were speaking to Gabe from some unknown point in the future. It is a unique approach to narration and slightly reminiscent of The Lovely Bones in that way. The writing is also exquisitely precise. There are no extraneous details, no wasted words.
The Light We Lost is a memorable and haunting ode to once-in-a-lifetime love born from tragedy.
Best paired with an Appletini.