Miquel Reina and Catherine E. Nelson (translator); LIGHTS ON THE SEA; AmazonCrossing (Fiction: Translations) 14.95 ISBN: 9781503903203
Byline: Michelle Anne Schingler
Strange and magical, Lights on the Sea follows a retired couple to the outer reaches of their unfulfilled dreams.
Once, Mary Rose and Harold Grapes planned to sail around the world with their son, Dylan -- but that was before they lost everything. Awash in the flotsam of their formerly happy life, the Grapes retreated to a house built on the edge of a cliff, made of scavenged boards and secured to the rock with wires.
On the eve of their eviction from their precipitously perched home, a storm thrusts the house into the sea. The Grapeses awake afloat in strange, icy waters, unable to steer and headed toward unknown places. They are saved by strokes of luck -- a board hammered in place at just the right moment, a helpful dolphin, a friendly seal pup, a generous band of icebound people -- and by their own fierce determination not to die adrift. They are injured, they face starvation, and, at last, they must contend with their long-avoided grief.