Soon the Light Will Be Perfect by Dave Patterson audiobook

Soon the Light Will Be Perfect: A Novel

By Dave Patterson
Read by Timothy McKean

Hanover Square Press, Harlequin Audio 9781335652904
5.51 Hours Unabridged
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Two brothers brave a whirlwind summer in this taut and luminous coming-of-age novel A twelve-year-old boy lives with his family in a small, poverty-stricken town in Vermont. His father works at a manufacturing plant, his mother is a homemaker, and his fifteen-year-old brother is about to enter high school. His family has gained enough financial stability to move out of the nearby trailer park, and as conflict rages abroad, his father’s job at a weapons manufacturing plant appears safe. But then his mother is diagnosed with cancer, and everything changes. As the family clings to the traditions of their hard-line Catholicism, he meets Taylor, a perceptive, beguiling girl from the trailer park, a girl who has been forced to grow up too fast. Taylor represents everything his life isn’t, and their fledgling connection develops as his mother’s health deteriorates. Set over the course of one propulsive summer, Soon the Light Will Be Perfect chronicles the journey of two brothers on the cusp of adulthood, a town battered by poverty and a family at a breaking point. In spare, fiercely honest prose, Dave Patterson captures what it feels like to be gloriously, violently alive at a moment of political, social and familial instability.

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Summary

Summary

Two brothers brave a whirlwind summer in this taut and luminous coming-of-age novel

A twelve-year-old boy lives with his family in a small, poverty-stricken town in Vermont. His father works at a manufacturing plant, his mother is a homemaker, and his fifteen-year-old brother is about to enter high school. His family has gained enough financial stability to move out of the nearby trailer park, and as conflict rages abroad, his father’s job at a weapons manufacturing plant appears safe. But then his mother is diagnosed with cancer, and everything changes.

As the family clings to the traditions of their hard-line Catholicism, he meets Taylor, a perceptive, beguiling girl from the trailer park, a girl who has been forced to grow up too fast. Taylor represents everything his life isn’t, and their fledgling connection develops as his mother’s health deteriorates.

Set over the course of one propulsive summer, Soon the Light Will Be Perfect chronicles the journey of two brothers on the cusp of adulthood, a town battered by poverty and a family at a breaking point. In spare, fiercely honest prose, Dave Patterson captures what it feels like to be gloriously, violently alive at a moment of political, social and familial instability.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A harrowing story made unforgettable by the authenticity and clarity of Patterson’s prose, which renders hard truths without apology or false comfort. This novel will leave readers defenseless and I cannot imagine coming away from it unchanged.” Travis Mulhauser, author of Sweetgirl
“The twelve-year-old narrator of Patterson’s lovely debut paints a poignant picture of his small Vermont town, defeated by poverty…Patterson has captured an ordinary family clinging to traditions despite extraordinary odds in this spare, honest tale.” Library Journal
Soon the Light Will Be Perfect is so deeply moving because it is so achingly true. You will not soon forget these people, this place.” Richard Russo, New York Times bestselling author
“With its empathetic characters and often evocative writing…the novel is a reliable source of reading pleasure, especially for those most interested in style.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Dave Patterson

Author Bio: Dave Patterson

Dave Patterson is an award-winning writer, musician, and high school English teacher. He received his MA degree in English from the Bread Loaf School of English and an MFA from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. His writing has appeared in the Burlington Free Press, Vermont Life Magazine, Portland Press Herald, Maine Today, and others.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 5.51
Audience: Adult
Language: English