The Light We Lost

Author(s): Jill Santopolo

Reese's Book Club

The New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick


"This love story between Lucy & Gabe spans decades and continents as two star-crossed lovers try to return to each other...Will they ever meet again? This book kept me up at night, turning the pages to find out, and the ending did not disappoint."--Reese Witherspoon


"One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag."--The Skimm


"Extraordinary."--Emily Giffin


He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?


Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story--their story--at the very beginning.


Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated--perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other's hearts.


This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation.

"It's the epic love story of 2017."--Redbook

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`A stunning book, perfect and unputdownable.' JILL MANSELL `Our book of the year to date!' HELLO MAGAZINE `A proper heartbreaker of a novel... Warning: you will big ugly cry while reading this one.' RED MAGAZINE `An epic love story.' PRIMA MAGAZINE `A one-sitting kind of book. Fans of One Day by David Nicholls will love this.' STYLIST MAGAZINE `Surely the next great romantic epic... It is a novel that lives with you long after the final page. A book for a generation and a future classic.' THE SUN `Emotional and heartbreaking. I predict a global tissue shortage. The Light We Lost will definitely join the ranks of books that make you weep.' SARAH MORGAN, bestselling author of MIRACLE ON 5TH AVENUE `Beautiful writing. An unputdownable tearjerker.' SUNDAY EXPRESS `Your new tearjerker has arrived: Fans of Me Before You and One Day will love/weep over this elegant novel.' NEW YORK POST `One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag.' THE SKIMM `Stunning' LIZ FENWICK, author of UNDER A CORNISH SKY `An affecting and beautifully-written story about love and missed chances, and how global events can change the course of a single person's life.' JULIE COHEN, author of TOGETHER `A heart-wrenching love story... impossible for the reader to put the damned book down!' IRISH INDEPENDENT `An emotional rollercoaster.' US WEEKLY `It's the epic love story of 2017.' REDBOOK

Jill Santopolo received an MFA in fiction writing, is the author of three successful children's and young-adult series, and works as the editorial director of Philomel Books. An adjunct professor in The New School's MFA program, she travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. You can visit her online at or follow her on Twitter at @jillsantopolo. She lives in New York City.

General Fields

  • : 9780008224608
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • : Harper Element
  • : 0.266
  • : January 2018
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 25mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jill Santopolo
  • : Paperback
  • : 218
  • : English
  • : 813/.6
  • : 320