Authors on Stage with M L Stedman
The essential issues of love, loss, war and death, and the question of how far we will go for those most dear to us are paramount to The Light Between Oceans – New York Times best seller and debut novel from M. L. Stedman. Ms. Stedman will be here on Sunday, April 14 at 4:00 pm. The event is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books and will in the Adrian Lamb Room.
Just post World War I, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, an isolated island where the supply boat comes only four times a year. He brings his lovely, young wife Isabel, and three years later, as she grieves by the grave of yet another stillborn child she hears the cries of a baby. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom wants to report the dead man and the infant to authorities, but Isabel has already fallen in love with this “gift from God.” Against Tom’s judgment, they keep the baby, and name her Lucy. Their days of happiness and contentment on Janus are fleeting, though, as an eventual return to the mainland means having to consider the lives of others, including a woman desperate to find her child. This beautifully written novel poses the question of what is the “right” thing to do when there is no right answer that will not cause grief and loss for someone.
M.L. Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia, and now lives in London. The Light Between Oceans is her first novel.