This brilliant new novel is an urgent bulletin from an all-too-believable near future in which the religious right has come out on top. And where a smart young girl who questions the new order is suddenly a terrorist. By the bestselling author of The Girls and The Mountain Story.
Taking place over 48 hours in the year 2024, this is the story of Rory Anne Miller, on the run with her best friend because they are accused of bombing their posh Californian high school during an American Virtue Ball. There's a bounty on their heads, and a social media storm of trolls flying around them, not to mention a posse of law enforcement, attack helicopters and drones trying to track them down. Rory's mom, a social activist and lawyer, has been arrested and implicated in her daughter's "crimes" whereas her dad (who betrayed his wife and daughter in a nasty divorce) is cooperating with the authorities. The story exists in a universe of gated communities, born-again Christians, Probationary Citizens (once known as "Dreamers"), re-criminalized abortion and birth control, teenage virginity oaths and something called the Red Market, which is either a Conservative bogey-man created to further polarize the "base" or a criminal network making money from selling unwanted babies to whomever wants them and fetal tissue to cosmetics and drug companies.
Rory is cynical and scared, furious and scathing, betrayed and looking for something or someone to trust. What she has to say about the dads and bosses and politicians lining up to keep women in their place, and about the ways women collaborate in their own undermining, is fierce, and funny, and sad, and true.
LORI LANSENS was a successful screenwriter before writing her first novel, Rush Home Road. Translated into twelve languages and published in fifteen countries, Rush Home Road received rave reviews around the world. Her follow-up novel, The Girls, was an international success and was featured as a bookclub pick by Richard & Judy in the UK, selling 300,000 copies. Her next book was The Wife's Tale, which was a national bestseller, as was her last novel, The Mountain Story, described in the Globe and Mail as a "feat of storytelling" of "almost devastating emotional force." Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, Lansens now lives in California.
A Chatelaine Summer Reads selection
One of CBC Books’s “34 works of Canadian fiction to watch for this fall”
One of The Globe and Mail’s “Summer Reads” selections
“[Lansens’s protagonist is] funny, perceptive and (at turns) heartbreakingly young. . . . Compelling female narrators, of course, are a hallmark of Lansens’s work. The same deft conjuring of personality that made The Girls . . . so unforgettable is at work here.” —The Globe and Mail
“In This Little Light, Lori Lansens imagines a near-future that is stark, visceral and terrifyingly real. Hallelujah for the audacious self-professed heathen, Rory Ann Miller, who holds the adults in her world accountable while reminding us to never stop fighting for freedom. This book is one hell of a wake-up call. I was rooting for Rory from page one.” —Ami McKay, author of The Birth House and The Witches of New York
“Lansens throws her readers right into the action and keeps them there, as thirsty, hungry, and frightened as two young girls on the run. A crazy-good coming-of-age thriller that will make you sweat, starting at page one.” —Christina Dalcher, author of VOX
“Lori Lansens’s This Little Light is kind of a millennial’s take on The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s complex and fun and a super interesting look into what it is to be a teenage girl in these times. Lansens is Canadian and I’m a huge fan of hers. I’m working on turning this into a series with Universal.” —Kathleen Robertson, actor, Northern Rescue
PRAISE FOR THE MOUNTAIN STORY:
“[A] thoroughly delightful reading experience. The Mountain Story is the best kind of binge read: exhilarating, inspiring, and life-affirming.” —Quill & Quire (starred review)
“[A] harrowing tale becomes engrossing saga of renewal and redemption. . . . With The Mountain Story, Lori Lansens has written an epic work suffused with raw emotional power and resonance.” —Toronto Star
“It would be an utter waste of our magnificent landscape if Canadian authors like Lansens weren’t carrying on the tradition of wilderness lit. Thankfully, Lansens’s survival tale of four people stranded alone on a mountainside is as terrifying and gripping as it is an homage to the fearsomeness of the natural world.” —ELLE Canada
“Lori Lansens . . . returns with this terrific novel which plays a delicate and mesmerizing balancing act between survival thriller and heart-wrenching domestic drama. . . . Written with breathtaking pace, tingling with suspense, leavened by humour and high on emotion and drama, The Mountain Story is one of the most memorable and moving novels you will read this year.” —Longridge News