The Lightkeepers

The Lightkeepers

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"In The Lightkeepers, we follow Miranda, a nature photographer who travels to the Farallon Islands, an exotic and dangerous archipelago off the coast of California, 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 novel 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.""--
Published: Berkeley, CA :, Counterpoint,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781619026001
1619026007
Branch Call Number: F GEN
Characteristics: 361 pages ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: Light keepers

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EmilyEm
Sep 18, 2017

Photographer Miranda joins a group of biologists in the Farallon Islands off the California coast, joining them in their season-to-season interactions with the wildlife that migrates into the island’s environs.

Elegiac. Miranda writes as if writing to her beloved mother, deceased since Miranda’s childhood. An unusual book with some twists in the plot. Lots of observing. But, I lost interest and skimmed to the end.

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maipenrai
Jul 01, 2017

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lpreston214
Aug 16, 2016

Miranda, a photographer, joins a group of biologists on the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco. While there she observes the credo of the biologist of non-interference. Animals must be observed only. Life and death must be allowed to happen as it will. But how can people consign themselves to a life of observation over participation? Will Miranda observe only, or undertake the ultimate interference with other living things? Good and very atmospheric book. Nature is a character in this book, not just a setting.

athompson10 Aug 12, 2016

Sinister and creepy. Lots of interesting information about nature on an imagined wildlife preserve off the California coast.

quagga Jun 22, 2016

Elegiac. Atmospheric. Nature, red in tooth and claw. I loved the way human behaviour is shown to be as interesting as that of any other animal.

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mongobongo
Mar 05, 2016

Nature writing was fascinating but remainder of story was rather unbelievable

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