The Lighthouse

Alison Moore. Biblioasis (Consortium, U.S. dist.; UTP, Canadian dist.), $14.95 trade paper (205p) ISBN 978-1-77196-145-5
American readers will enjoy Moore’s (He Wants) assured debut novel, previously published in the U.K. and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Futh, a man only ever referred to by his surname, has just broken up with his wife and has traveled to Germany, his father’s homeland, for a walking holiday. He has brought with him a little silver lighthouse—a special perfume container that belonged to his mother, who abandoned Futh when he was young. The narrative moves between the present and the past and between Futh and Ester, the woman who runs the first hotel he stays at in Germany and whose story has some odd parallels with Futh’s own. Moore’s deceptively simple style perfectly suits this tale of memory, sadness, and self-doubt. The details and the voice combine to create an unnerving, creepy story of a rather pitiful man. Futh is neurotic, socially awkward, and would be easy to mock—yet Moore makes him a very sympathetic character, with the humiliations he endures at the hands of those he loves inspiring sympathy in the reader. An intriguing twist toward the end brings the two narratives together in this satisfying, mysterious novel. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/19/2017
Release date: 08/01/2017
Genre: Fiction
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