Tuesday, September 30, 2014


The bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain presents a long-awaited new novel in which a boy trying to save his parents’ marriage uncovers a vast legacy of family secrets.

In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant whole trees and is set on a huge estate overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch the ailing and elderly Grandpa Samuel to a nursing home, sell off the house and property for development, divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.

But as Trevor explores the house’s secret stairways and hidden rooms, he discovers a spirit lingering in Riddell House whose agenda is at odds with the family plan. Only Trevor’s willingness to face the dark past of his forefathers will reveal the key to his family’s future.

Spellbinding and atmospheric, A Sudden Light is rich with unconventional characters, scenes of transcendent natural beauty, and unforgettable moments of emotional truth that reflect Garth Stein’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation—a triumphant work of a master storyteller at the height of his power.
Yep, that's Garth Stein climbing a tree.  He takes his research VERY seriously.


Author Evening at D.U. with 
Garth Stein
Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 7:30pm at The University of Denver
The University of Denver's Enrichment Program joins us in Presenting author Garth Stein as he discusses and signs his new novel A Sudden Light.  
Well-trained readers have been waiting for Garth’s next novel ever since and their patience will soon be rewarded with the release of A Sudden Light, an atmospheric tale set against the dramatic natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

This time, Garth introduces us to fourteen-year-old protagonist Trevor Riddell, who struggles to keep his crumbling family together. In the process, Trevor delves deeper into his heritage, discovering secrets, including a ghost who is planning a very different future for the clan. Although each is unique, Garth Stein’s novels explore the universal themes of the complexity of family bonds, the capacity for love and forgiveness, and ultimately hope. Early reviews have proclaimed that you won’t be able to put down A Sudden Light.

Tickets for this event are $35.00 and include a copy of A Sudden Light. Please click here for the Enrichment Program's website to register.

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