The Light Between Oceans by M.L. StedmanA captivating, beautiful, and stunningly accomplished debut novel that opens in 1918 Australia - the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds.
Australia, 1926. After four harrowing years fighting on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns home to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a days journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a babys cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Toms judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
M. L. Stedmans mesmerizing, beautifully written debut novel seduces us into accommodating Isabels decision to keep this gift from God. And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is anothers tragic loss.
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On a remote Australian island in the years following World War I, lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne Michael Fassbender and his wife, Isabel Alicia Vikander , discover a boat washed ashore carrying a dead man and a two-month old baby. Rescuing the infant, they make the decision to raise her as their own but the consequences of their choice prove to be devastating. All interview and appearance requests, or other press inquires, should be directed to our Communications team.
The Light Between Oceans
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War veteran Tom is surprised to be romanced by young local Isabel. Their isolated relationship is tested by tragedy, until a drifting rowboat brings hope into their lives — and a terrible dilemma. In December , traumatized ex-soldier Tom Sherbourne is hired as keeper to work alone for six months at a lighthouse on Janus Rock island, off Australia. On the mainland he meets joyful local girl Isabel Graysmark and they fall in love. After they marry Isabel moves to Janus Rock with Tom, now permanent in the job. As time passes Isabel has two miscarriages. Just after her second loss Tom finds a rowboat drifted to shore with a dead man and a live baby girl aboard.
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