In the beautiful, barren landscape of the Far North, under the ever-present midnight sun, Frances and Yasha are surprised to find refuge in each other. Their lives have been upended—Frances has fled heartbreak and claustrophobic Manhattan for an isolated artist colony; Yasha arrives from Brooklyn to fulfill his beloved father’s last wish: to be buried “at the top of the world.” They have come to learn how to be alone.
But in Lofoten, an archipelago of six tiny islands in the Norwegian Sea, ninety-five miles north of the Arctic Circle, they form a bond that fortifies them against the turmoil of their distant homes, offering solace amidst great uncertainty. With nimble and sure-footed prose, Dinerstein reveals that no matter how far we travel to claim our own territory, it is ultimately love that gives us our place in the world.
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"Lyrical as a poem, psychologically rich as a thriller, funny, dark, warm, and as knowing of place as any travel book or memoir, The Sunlit Night marks the appearance of a brave talent." —Jonathan Safran Foer
"By turns ravishing and hilarious, The Sunlit Night is more than a shining debut—it's the work of a young master. Here's an exciting new voice that sings perfectly in key." —Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life
"A richly imagined and darkly comic story about loneliness and love at the top of the world."
—Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation
"Dinerstein brings readers to an otherworldly setting in this luminous story about love, family, and the bewilderment of being young. Enchanting in every way." —Maggie Shipstead, author of Astonish Me
"A poignant exploration of what it means to be alone in love, by a stunningly talented young writer." —Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers
“The Sunlit Night is an original work of gentle irony counterpoised by delightful sincerity, which offers distinct turns of phrase with precision and beauty.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Exhilarating...The Sunlit Night gets our appetites up—for more life lived, for love and community, for knowing ourselves, for relief and letting go. It’s a book you’ll be thankful for reading.” —Jenny Slate