Lights All Night Long
"Lights All Night Long is utterly brilliant and completely captivating. . . . One of the most propulsive, un-put-downable literary novels I've read in ages."--Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
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Two brothers who couldn’t be any more different. The younger one, Ilya is 15 and smart, serious about his education, an exceptional student. Vladimir, at 17 is definitely not interested in school, drifts into a seedy, dangerous world of drugs. As different as they are, they love each other and this for me is the heart of the story, one that is about family, about brothers who would sacrifice for each other. It’s also about a teenage girl in another family trying to find her place and come to ...more
Brilliant, intense, thought-provoking!
When Ilya got the opportunity to go to America from his hometown of Berlozhniki in Russia, he always imagined that his older brother, Vladimir would be going with him. Never in a million years did Ilya think that Vlad would be in prison, charged with murdering three young women while he was on his way to Louisiana as part of an exchange program. Now, every day and night at the Masons, is spent thinking about Vlad, trying to figure ...more
Ilya is 15 years old and lives in a small town in Russia with his mother, grandmother, and his older brother, Vladimir, whom he idolizes. Vladimir ...more
This story goes back and forth from their story while together in Russia and the time Ilya is here in Louisiana with his host family and attending high school.
I enjoyed this story very much.. it contains a ...more
And everything began to twirl
And it spun so that I couldn't even stand
She had many charms, I heard alarms
She stuck needles in my arm
And I guess that’s when the trouble began
Days and nights, city lights
Empty bags and broken pipes
Slowly things got completely out of hand
Oh my god how far
Did we fall to get to where we are
In the dark, it’s not always easy to see the light
Was it just because
It was love on drugs
I don't know how we made it out alive" - ...more
Ilya and Vladimir, two brothers born and raised in Russia, make life choices that will lead them into two different worlds. Forced by their decisions and opportunities presented to them, they are torn apart from each other, but their strong brotherly bond keeps them connected no matter the circumstances they find themselves in.
Close to perfect debut novel from Lydia Fitzpatrick, is a beautifully written story filled with emotions of brotherly love, devotion, family ...more
Ilya’s dream of going to America has come true, the land of plenty, of super stores with no queues, the land of Hollywood movies and where people leave lights on all night long. This exchange year is everything he has worked for yet the shadow of his brother in prison stretches all the way from Berlozhniki in rural Russia to sunny Louisiana.
Even the host family’s pretty daughter can’t ...more
And this was one worth having insomnia for. One of the year's most moving (trembling, shaking) reads for me. I gasp in wonder and humbleness that Lights All Night Long is Lydia Fitzpatrick's debut.
The lights of Fitzpatrick's novel ...more
Fitzpatrick focuses on the love we have for family, even when they do ...more
I was really very impressed by this novel, which is Fitzpatrick’s debut. It follows the moving story of Ilya, a gifted Russian student from a small refinery town whose talent for languages is often overshadowed by his older brother’s problems, which become a lot worse when a new drug called Krokodil arrives in Berlozhniki and ...more
While Ilya is the main character, the supporting cast - Vladimir (his elder brother), his mother and ...more
Second, there is a mystery and honestly I didn’t know until so very near the end that there wasn’t time to even guess what really happened.
Third, the characters ...more
The prodigy brother comes to America trailing skeins of ...more
Ilya arrives in Louisiana as an exchange student from Russia, and at first it's hard to understand his rude attitude, but it soon unfolds. His beloved older brother, Vladimir is in prison for murdering three girls, but Ilya is sure he didn't do it. The novel goes back and forth between the present in Louisiana and the past back home in a strongly written debut novel. He is not the only one with a troubled family background, but no point in spoiling this for you since I suggest you read ...more
Vladimir and Ilya are very close friends even though they couldn’t be more different. Vladimir is loud, boisterous, and a thrill seeker. The younger of the two, Ilya, is quiet, studious, and very smart. Their lives suddenly and irrevocably change when Ilya is offered an opportunity to study in the United States while Vladimir ...more
Kudos author Lydia Fitzpatrick!
A heartbreaking story of addiction, poverty, hope and dreams, brotherly bonds, family sacrifices, and redemption, with a nice mystery to boot! Who could ask for more?
Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Press for the opportunity to experience this book.
Ilya knows that while his brother is a junkie, he is not a murderer. The book takes us back ...more
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