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A Northern Light (2003)

av Jennifer Donnelly

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In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Based on a true story.
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This historical young adult novel is set against the backdrop of the events which inspired Theodire Dreisel’s “An American Tragedy.” Matilda “Mattie” Gokey is the eldest of four sisters, and at sixteen, is responsible for their household which also includes a grieving father and a lazy old dog. Keeping track of her three sisters and keeping food on the table is challenging enough without their father’s stubborn insistence on making the farm successful. Mattie’s brother Lawson left the family when he was sixteen, and their father is bitter and angry at only having daughters left. Still, despite this harsh environment, Mattie revels in school and hopes to go away to college in New York. Part of her plan is to work at the Glenmore, a nearby hotel, in order to make money, and after finally convincing her father to let her go, Mattie finds herself caught up in the drama surrounding the discovery of Grace Brown’s body. And Mattie is the only one who really knows what might have happened, since Grace entrusted her with letters, instructing her to burn them.

This is a fast-paced, intriguing novel. I enjoyed the fact that it would encourage readers to also check out Dreisel’s novel, the film, and other books about the case. The book is well-researched, and takes many quotes from Brown’s letters. Secondary characters, such as the black boy Weaver who fights against racism, and the poet Emily Wilcox who is hiding from her husband, add to the setting of the story and help explain the society in which Mattie lives. An excellent selection for historical fiction. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
[This is a review I wrote in 2007]

Step back a hundred years to rural US and life as it was for those struggling to put food on their tables in the first decade of the twentieth century. Meet 16-year-old Mattie (Matilda), who loves books and learning and writing stories, but who is sidelining her dreams to look after her younger sisters and put food on the table for the family, following the death of their mum.

Mattie and her best friend Royal have dreams of going to college, but life is pretty tough for them both and money hard to come by. They both go to work at a big hotel nearby over the tourist season. One day one of the guests is found washed up, drowned, on the shore of the lake. Her companion is missing, presumed drowned. Mattie, however, comes to suspect foul play... can she resist the temptation of reading the letters that drowned girl gave her to burn, or will they hold the key?

This is a wonderfully sensitive novel, beautifully written with intricate detail of everyday tasks which help to bring the pages to life. A must read. ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 14, 2020 |
This is one of those books where about a third of the way through, you anxiously thumb the remaining pages, knowing that despite your best efforts to savor it, the book will be over all too soon. When A NORTHERN LIGHT falls open, you, the reader, will fall in. While it has been classified as a Young Adult novel, as it does contain some language and situations, every word is absolutely true to the character who is speaking or being spoken of. I urge every teenage girl to read this, then pass it on to her mother, all of her girlfriends, aunts, a favorite teacher--in short, anyone who has a love of words, of learning, of mysteries, and a belief in the power of young women. Donnelly weaves a compelling plot while keeping the story and the characters together. She is truly a gifted writer. I love the historical placement, too--this book provides a glimpse of what life was like in rural America in the early 1900s. Most of all, I love that this book is about the struggles and decisions that all women make in pursuit of their dreams. Mattie Gokey is like a kindred spirit! It weaves racism, discovering sexuality, the pains of growing up, and just discovering oneself, plus a historical mystery, all into an amazing novel. I went through excitement, anxiety, laughs, pain, and joy with the main character. ( )
  AvigailRGRIL | Nov 12, 2020 |
this is one of my favorite historical fiction novels for young adults.

New York state-1906, 16 year-old Mattie wants badly to attend college to become a writer. While working at the inn to earn money for college, a guest named Grace Brown asks her to burn a stack of secret letters. Shortly after the request, Grace's body is found in the nearby lake; might the letters hold the key to her murder?
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  ShannonRose4 | Sep 15, 2020 |
ALA top 10 Best Books for Young Adults Booklist Editor"s Choice Booklist top 10Youth 1st Novel Book Sense 76 Top 10 books for teens Junior library guild selection NY public library book for the teen age Parent's guide young adult honour book Publishers weekly best book of the year School library journal best book of the year Carnegie medal LA times book prize Michael l. Printz award honour book.
way too long. main character kind of dumb, very naive. ( )
  mahallett | Jun 11, 2020 |
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Donnelly's novel begins with high drama drawn from history: Grace Brown's body is discovered, and her murder is the framework for this coming-of-age story set in upstate New York in 1906. Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey is a waitress at the Glenmore Hotel when Brown is murdered. As she learns Brown's story, her narrative shifts between the goings-on at the hotel and her previous year at home: her toil at the farm; her relationship with her harsh, remote father; her pain at being forbidden to accept a college scholarship. "Plain and bookish," Mattie wonders if she must give up her dream of writing if she marries. Donnelly adds a crowd of intriguing, well-drawn secondary characters whose stories help Mattie define her own desires and sense of self.
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