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Harcourt, 2006 - Fiction - 232 pages
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Lighthousekeeping tells the tale of Silver ("My mother called me Silver. I was born part precious metal, part pirate."), an orphaned girl who is taken in by blind Mr. Pew, the mysterious and miraculously old keeper of a lighthouse on the Scottish coast. Pew tells Silver stories of Babel Dark, a nineteenth-century clergyman. Dark lived two lives: a public one mired in darkness and deceit and a private one bathed in the light of passionate love. For Silver, Dark's life becomes a map through her own darkness, into her own story, and, finally, into love.

One of the most original and extraordinary writers of her generation, Jeanette Winterson has created a modern fable about the transformative power of storytelling.

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When Silver is orphaned, she is sent to live with an old, blind man named Pew, keeper of the local lighthouse at Cape Wrath, Scotland. Pew, a descendant of many lighthouse keepers, offers Silver a ... Read full review

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Th lyrically told story of an orphan girl's friendship with the timeless light-housekeeper, Mr Pew. Loved the opening, which promised the wanderings through love and loss by a unique mind. I was not disappointed. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

JEANETTE WINTERSON is the author of several works of fiction, essays, and, most recently, a children's picture book. Her numerous awards include the Whitbread First Novel Award, the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award. She lives in Oxfordshire and London.

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