House Lights by Leah Hager Cohen
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“Tantalizing ... captivating ... provocative.”—Booklist

Late in her twentieth year, Beatrice, who dreams of a life on the stage, is confronting a home life torn asunder. She mails a letter on the sly to her grandmother, a legendary actress long estranged from the family, sparking events that will change her life forever. Powerfully written and psychologically intricate, House Lights illuminates the corrosive power of family secrets and the redemptive struggle to find truth, forgiveness, and love.

About Leah Hager Cohen

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LEAH HAGER COHEN is the author of four nonfiction books, including Train Go Sorry and Glass, Paper, Beans, and three novels, most recently House Lights. Among the honors her books have received are selection as a New York Times Notable Book (four times); inclusion in the American Library Association Ten Best Books of the Year; and selection as a BookSense 76 pick. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review.
Published October 28, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 330 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s somewhat surprising when the novel leaps ahead nearly 30 years for a muted ending that reveals choices and compromises Bebe has made, and the partial relaxation of her anger toward her errant, needy father.

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On the night Beatrice learns of the accusations made against her father — the night she chooses to counter her mother’s revelation by informing her mother of the implicitly disloyal letter she’s mailed to Margaret Fourcey — Beatrice drinks warm milk with her mother, who, for the first time ever, ...

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