The Sunlight Pilgrims (Paperback)

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It's 2020, climate change has intensified. The novel starts at -6 degrees and gets much colder from there, but the two narrators have more important issues on their minds. Stella is a 12 year old trans girl worried about adolescent hormones that threaten her with facial hair, a deepening voice and other boy things she knows have no place in her body. Dylan has just lost his mother, grandmother, and the only place that he's ever called home. I loved Fagan's 1st novel, The Panopticon, and her sophomore effort shows that she will remain a major force in contemporary literature.

— From Jason's Picks


The stunning new novel from the highly-acclaimed author of The Panopticon

It's November of 2020, and the world is freezing over. Each day colder than the last.
There's snow in Israel, the Thames is overflowing, and an iceberg separated from the Fjords in Norway is expected to drift just off the coast of Scotland. As ice water melts into the Atlantic, frenzied London residents evacuate by the thousands for warmer temperatures down south. But not Dylan. Grieving and ready to build life anew, he heads north to bury his mother's and grandmother's ashes on the Scottish islands where they once lived.

Hundreds of miles away, twelve-year-old Estella and her survivalist mother, Constance, scrape by in the snowy, mountainous Highlands, preparing for a record-breaking winter. Living out of a caravan, they spend their days digging through landfills, searching for anything with restorative and trading value. When Dylan arrives in their caravan park in the middle of the night, life changes course for Estella and Constance. Though the weather worsens, his presence brings a new light to daily life, and when the ultimate disaster finally strikes, they'll all be ready.

Written in incandescent, dazzling prose, The Sunlight Pilgrims is a visionary story of courage and resilience in the midst of nature's most violent hour; by turns an homage to the portentous beauty of our natural world, and to just how strong we can be, if the will and the hope is there, to survive its worst.

- NPR "Best Books of 2016" - Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Tales from Around the World.

About the Author

JENNI FAGAN was born in Scotland. She attended Greenwich University and won a scholarship to the Royal Holloway MFA. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she was shortlisted for the Dublin Impac, The James Tait Black, and was named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. From the Hardcover edition.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780553418897
ISBN-10: 0553418890
Publisher: Hogarth Press
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English