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The Lightkeepers



Original Language: English | 340 pp. | January 2016

2 Seas represents: Dutch, French and Nordic rights.

Rights Sold: France (Actes Sud, in a pre-empt), Germany (Piper, at auction), Italy (Longanesi, at auction), Polish (Illuminacio Lukasz Kierus), Greece (Kastaniotis), Audio Rights (Blackstone, at auction).

Winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Awards.


Evocative and enchanting … Geni writes with the clear, calm confidence of a master storyteller. This is a haunting and immersive adventure, set in an unforgettable, wild habitat of its own.—Publishers Weekly

Geni may be unmatched in her ability to describe nature in ways that feel both photographically accurate and emotionally resonant. Natural wildness, human unpredictability, and the subtle use of literary devices are woven here into a remarkable, vertiginous web. —Kirkus starred

What engages us in The Lightkeepers, beyond its energetic plot, is the sense of watching its author discover her ability to construct a suspenseful narrative. —NYTBR

It’s hard to stop turning pages as Geni leaves us wondering whether Miranda’s honesty and even her memory can be trusted, and as the natural perils of the Farallon Islands loom so ominous that getting out safe seems impossible. — Claire Fallon, HuffPo

Chimeric…transcendent…as merciless, strange, and coldly beautiful as the islands she describes. — The Chicago Review of Books

An astonishingly ambitious debut. — Chicago Tribune

Dazzlingly unsettling. — San Francisco Chronicle

A haunting debut. — Entertainment Weekly

Welcome to the world Abby creates. Welcome to the Farallon Islands, an exotic and dangerous archipelago off the coast of California, also known as the “Islands of the Dead.”

The Lightkeepers upends the traditional structure of a mystery novel —an isolated environment, a limited group of characters who might not be trustworthy, a death that may or may not have been accidental, a balance of discovery and action —while also exploring wider themes of the natural world, the power of loss, and the nature of recovery. It is a luminous debut by a talented and provocative new writer.

In The Lightkeepers we follow Miranda, a nature photographer who travels to the Farallon Islands for a one-year residency capturing the landscape. Her only companions are the scientists studying there, odd and quirky refugees from the mainland living in rustic conditions; they document the fish populations around the island, the bold trio of sharks called the Sisters that hunt the surrounding waters, and the overwhelming bird population who, at times, create the need to wear hard hats as protection from their attacks.

Shortly after her arrival, Miranda is assaulted by one of the inhabitants of the islands. A few days later, her assailant is found dead, perhaps the result of an accident. As the mystery unfolds, Miranda gives witness to the natural wonders of this special place as she grapples with what has happened to her and deepens her connection (and her suspicions) to her companions, while falling under the thrall of the legends of the place nicknamed “the Islands of the Dead.” And when more violence occurs, each member of this strange community falls under suspicion.

Praise for The Last Animal

“These are sharp, incisive, thoughtful, and utterly original stories, and I recommend this book with all my heart!” —Dan Chaon, author of Among the Missing, National Book Award Finalist

“Abby Geni is a sharpshooter, a tamer of wild animals, a clear-eyed wonder. The Last Animal is a phenomenally ambitious debut collection and announces Geni’s many talents to the world with the volume of a herd of stampeding elephants. I loved this book, and you will, too.” —Emma Straub, author of the New York Times bestseller The Vacationers

“Each story is threaded with page-turning, deeply felt tension, yet each has also been planted with a seed of magic in varying stages of growth. .. . . An entrancing collection, recommended even for those who generally shy away from short story.” —Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

“The short stories in Geni’s debut collection beautifully reveal how exposure to nature helps people in emotional pain to recover. . . . All ten stories here are wonderfully written, with precise language and a true compassion for the hardships of the characters. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal (Starred)



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France (Actes Sud)