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A major motion picture, based on the book and starring Jenny Slate, Gillian Anderson, Zach Galifianakis, and Alex Sharp, is an official Sundance selection.In the beautiful, barren landscape of the Far North, under the ever-present midnight sun, Frances and Yasha are surprised to find refuge in each other. Their lives have been upended—Frances has fled heartbreak and claustrophobic Manhattan for an isolated artist colony; Yasha, a Russian immigrant raised in a bakery in Brighton Beach, arrives from Brooklyn to fulfill his beloved father's last wish: to be buried "at the top of the world." They have come to learn how to be alone. But in Lofoten, an archipelago of six tiny islands in the Norwegian Sea, ninety-five miles north of the Arctic Circle, they form a bond that fortifies them against the turmoil of their distant homes, offering solace amidst great uncertainty. With nimble and sure-footed prose enriched with humor and warmth, Dinerstein reveals that no matter how far we travel to claim our own territory, it is ultimately love that gives us our place in the world.
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A "richly imagined and darkly comic" (Jenny Offill) love story set in the Arctic Circle that explores self-discovery and the power of starting over. Now a major motion picture, starring Jenny Slate, Gillian Anderson, Zach Galifianakis, and Alex Sharp.

22-year-old Frances has fled heartbreak and claustrophobic Manhattan for an isolated artist colony in the beautiful, barren landscape of northern Norway. Yasha, a Russian immigrant raised in a bakery in Brooklyn, travels to Norway to fulfill his beloved father's last wish: to be buried "at the top of the world." Both have come to learn how to be alone. But under the ever-present midnight sun, Frances and Yasha are surprised to find refuge in each other, instead.

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But in Lofoten, an archipelago of six tiny islands in the Norwegian Sea, ninety-five miles north of the Arctic Circle, they form a bond that fortifies them against the turmoil of their distant homes, offering solace amidst great uncertainty. With nimble and sure-footed prose enriched with humor and warmth, Dinerstein reveals that no matter how far we travel to claim our own territory, it is ultimately love that gives us our place in the world.
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      • premium: False
      • source: Wall Street Journal
      • content: Quirky, exuberant . . . An original work of gentle irony counterpoised by delightful sincerity, which offers distinct turns of phrase with precision and beauty.
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      • source: The New York Times Book Review
      • content: The Norwegian Arctic of Dinerstein's imagination is a strange and wonderful place . . . the constant sunlight of midsummer feeds the book's dreamy, surreal quality . . . her narrative style is also dreamlike.
      • premium: False
      • source: The Season's Best Literary Fiction, O, the Oprah Magazine
      • content: Luminous . . . Dinerstein brings a contagious wonder to her storytelling.
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      • source: Jonathan Safran Foer
      • content: Lyrical as a poem, psychologically rich as a thriller, funny, dark, warm, and as knowing of place as any travel book or memoir, The Sunlit Night marks the appearance of a brave talent.
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      • source: The New Yorker
      • content: Darkly charming.
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      • source: Jenny Offill, author of DEPT. OF SPECULATION
      • content: A richly imagined and darkly comic story about loneliness and love at the top of the world.
      • premium: False
      • source: Maggie Shipstead, author of ASTONISH ME
      • content: Dinerstein has done readers a big favor not only by writing this luminous story about love, family, and the bewilderment of being young but also by bringing them into an otherworldly setting: a nightless Arctic summer on the spectacular Lofoten Islands. Enchanting in every way.
      • premium: False
      • source: Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
      • content: A poignant exploration of what it means to be alone in love, by a stunningly talented young writer.
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      • source: Darin Strauss, author of HALF A LIFE
      • content: By turns ravishing and hilarious, The Sunlit Night is more than a shining debut—it's the work of a young master. Dinerstein writes of her two lovers with sensitivity and chutzpah: human drama, a nightless summer, the transformative power of nature. Here's an exciting new voice that sings perfectly in key.
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      • source: Jenny Slate
      • content: Exhilarating and undeniably wise. Funny, straight forward, heartbreaking and startling, this book gets our appetites up—for more life lived, for love and community, for knowing ourselves and finding our way through gorgeous and unknown places, for relief and letting go. It's a book you'll be thankful for reading.
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      • source: Starred review, Publishers Weekly
      • content: Captivating . . . [Dinerstein's] prose is lyrical and silky, but it's also specific, with acute observations and precise detail . . . Provocative . . . A rich reading experience.
      • premium: False
      • source: The Forward
      • content: Dinerstein's much buzzed-about debut novel is a fanciful Arctic Circle romance between a Russian immigrant raised in a Brighton Beach bakery and a Manhattanite seeking refuge from family problems in a Norwegian artists' colony.
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: Dinerstein's deliciously melancholy debut . . . is light and lyrical and her descriptions of the far north are intoxicating . . . A poetic premise with language to match.
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      • source: Huffington Post
      • content: Engaging and alive . . . The Sunlit Night heralds the beginning of an intriguing career in fiction during which Dinerstein will hopefully continue to take us off the beaten path.
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      • source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
      • content: Dinerstein's crystalline prose floats off the page, her storytelling delights and surprises. She takes on the travails, absurdities and human failings with warmth and humor, embracing it all and reminding us through her characters to do the same.
      • premium: False
      • source: #1 of "13 of June 2015's Best Books That Are the Perfect Summer Escape", Bustle
      • content: A rare find . . . With precision and ease, Dinerstein gives us a love story that's about so much more than finding love: it's about finding yourself in the company of another, even when you're far from home.
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      • source: 17 of the Best Books of Summer, Bustle
      • content: Get swept away to remote Norway with Dinerstein's lyrical prose about lovers Frances and Yasha. The sites are picturesque, the love is real, and anything can happen.
      • premium: False
      • source: ShelfAwareness
      • content: Dinerstein has demonstrated a level of mastery that would be impressive even in a much more seasoned writer. The Sunlit Night is a funny, wise and tender story, a near perfect blend of disparate elements.
      • premium: False
      • source: New York Post
      • content: This poetically written novel . . . reminds us that love is more important than geography.
      • premium: False
      • source: The Daily Mail
      • content: Refreshing . . . The author is a poet so the prose is, not surprisingly, lyrical but it's observant and witty, too.
      • premium: False
      • source: HelloGiggles
      • content: Just spectacular.
      • premium: False
      • source: Library Journal
      • content: Rebecca Dinerstein has created a tale full of lyrically crafted
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        Starred review from January 12, 2015
        In Dinerstein’s captivating debut novel, an isolated island above the Arctic Circle is the setting for two people trying to surmount grief and find love. After being jilted by her boyfriend, 21-year-old Frances flees Manhattan to apprentice with a laconic Norwegian artist in a remote community called Lofoten, where she learns to adjust to the unending daylight of a Scandinavian summer. Meanwhile, Yasha Gregoriov, five years Frances’s junior, comes there to bury his father, Vassily, a Russian immigrant to the U.S. whose wish was to be interred in a peaceful place “at the top of the world.” Both Frances and Yasha are products of dysfunctional families. Frances’s parents bicker continually and use their high-minded principles to try to destroy the engagement of Sarah, Frances’s sister. Yasha’s mother, gorgeous Olyana, abandoned Yasha and Vassily, the kindly proprietor of a Brooklyn bakery, a decade earlier. Dinerstein (author of Lofoten, a bilingual English-Norwegian poetry collection) writes of these domestic situations with humor and compassion. Her prose is lyrical and silky, but it’s also specific, with acute observations and precise detail, and she evokes the sun-stroked, barren Norwegian landscape with a striking sense of place. Her descriptions of Yasha’s grief and of the tentative love affair between Frances and Yasha are palpable with loss and yearning. With provocative insights about the cruelty of abandonment, the concept of home, and the limits of parental and filial love, Dinerstein’s novel is a rich reading experience. Agent: Jenni Ferrari-Adler, Union Literary.

      • premium: True
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        April 1, 2015
        At the very top of the world, two lonely outsiders find comfort in each other in Dinerstein's deliciously melancholy debut. After her college relationship predictably disintegrates, 21-year-old Frances, an aspiring artist, accepts an apprenticeship at the Viking Museum in Lofoten, a string of islands 95 miles above the Arctic Circle in Norway, trading in a summer watching her parents' marriage unravel for a summer learning to paint all-yellow murals under the tutelage of the strong and silent Nils. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Yasha and his beloved baker-father, Vassily ("if the Danishes are sour, one babka on me"), gleefully ditch their home in Brighton Beach to take a summer trip back to the motherland. But the trip, such as it was, ends in tragedy, and Yasha, too, finds himself in Lofoten, now unmoored and unattached. And so Frances and Yasha-united by their separate losses, united by being the sorts of people who deal with those losses by building new and inherently temporary lives at an Arctic Viking Museum-fall into an unlikely kind of romance. Dinerstein's writing is light and lyrical, and her descriptions of the far north are intoxicating. Yasha and Frances and the cast of sitcom-ready Norwegian misfits who staff the museum are engaging and sad and quirky, if not particularly substantial. It hardly matters, though, because the heart and soul of the novel belongs to the fathers: Yasha's father, with his bakery and his deep optimism and his broken heart, and Frances' father, a colossally talented medical illustrator who, in late middle age, seems to be methodically disassembling the life he's built. As the rest of the novel fades into memory, it's the fathers, in their supporting roles, who linger long after the last page. A poetic premise with language to match.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
      • content:

        April 15, 2015

        Escaping a family crisis and a humiliating breakup, Frances accepts an art fellowship in the northern reaches of Norway, working as an apprentice to an uncommunicative painter. Meanwhile, high school student Yasha returns from America to Russia with his father, who hopes to reunite with the wife who stayed behind ten years earlier. The two story lines converge midway through the novel, as Yasha and his family turn up in the remote coastal town where Frances is staying. The disorienting "midnight sun" of summer near the Arctic Circle creates a mystical setting as the characters work out their personal and family dilemmas. New Yorkers Frances and Yasha (both immensely likable characters) experience profound culture shock in the sparsely populated town and yearn to connect with each other. The "will they/won't they" tension keeps the pages moving, and readers will delight in the often surprising turns of phrase offered by debut novelist Dinerstein (also a published poet): a first view of mountains is described as "horrifying," and a character's body is said to be "tonguing the wind that blew around it." VERDICT The unusual setting and evocative language will appeal to those looking for a summer read with a bit more depth.--Christine DeZelar-Tiedman, Univ. of Minnesota Libs., Minneapolis

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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