Light Years: A Girlhood in Hawai'i

Susanna Moore (Author)


Susanna Moore is best known for her critically acclaimed novels--complex and compelling works like In the Cut and My Old Sweetheart. Now, Moore's Light Years is a shimmering look at the early life of this cherished novelist. Taking the form of a Commonplace Book, it mixes reminiscences with passages from famous works of literature that were formative in her younger years. Born in Hawai'i at a time when the islands were separated from the U.S. mainland by five days' ship travel, Moore was raised in a secluded paradise of water, light, and color. As a child she spent endless days holed up with a bundle of books while the sound of the ocean and the calls of her brothers and sister drifted toward her through the palm grove. All around her, Moore saw flashes of the ocean described in those pages: a force of kaleidoscopic beauty and romantic possibility, but with an undercurrent of unfathomable darkness. In Light Years: A Girlhood in Hawai'i, she weaves reminiscences of her childhood with some of her favorite pieces of literature--excerpts from Robinson Crusoe, Moby-Dick, Treasure Island, Kon-Tiki, To the Lighthouse, and many others.

Product Details

$13.00  $11.96
Grove Press
Publish Date
February 01, 2009
4.9 X 0.7 X 7.0 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Susanna Moore is the author of the novels The Life of Objects, The Big Girls, One Last Look, In the Cut, Sleeping Beauties, The Whiteness of Bones, and My Old Sweetheart, and the nonfiction works I Myself Have Seen It: The Myth of Hawai'i and Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawaii. She lives in Hawai'i and teaches at Princeton University.


"Marvelous tales of a lost paradise, of love and of the sea."
"A most beautiful book dedicated to two great loves: memory and literature."
"There is a gentle luminosity to Susanna Moore's recollections, like the reflection of the sun in the sea."
"Time and again Moore quotes from the classics of world and maritime literature with which she grew up. The beauty of her own book, however, remains unmistakable throughout."