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ISBN: 0446533297
Author: Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Language: English
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (February 2, 2005)
Pages: 368
Category: United States
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 464
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Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is the New York Times Bestselling author of JUNE, BITTERSWEET, THE EFFECTS OF LIGHT and SET ME FREE.

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is the New York Times Bestselling author of JUNE, BITTERSWEET, THE EFFECTS OF LIGHT and SET ME FREE. Atmospheric, ambitious, and filled wit. ntrigue, betrayal, passion, and heartbreak. Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train. A thrilling Hollywood plot of murder and blackmail commingled with the steady, capacious Midwest. Lush and tende. arrowing and poignan. love story rich in complication. Megan Abbott, award-winning author of Dare and Me and The Fever.

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore combines these elements to create a poignant, thought-provoking, and well-crafted debut novel.

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Bound by the shared loss of their mother and their father's instruction to follow their hearts, precocious sisters Myla and Pru Wolfe become the subjects of family friend and photographer Ruth Handel, a nude child photographer who years later becomes the subject of a shattering controversy. A first novel. 50,000 first printing.

Comments:

Lemana
I am about two thirds of the way through the book, and though it may seem odd to write a review when I haven't yet reached the last page, I will justify myself with a few words from the author that I understood so perfectly, loved so immediately, and probably knew forever.

"It was delicious, this moment, a perfection. Going and not yet there."

I am not in a hurry to get there, to the last page. And in fact, now that I am in the part with a discussion on art, I want to take time to paint a few pictures.

"...to show what it's like to be alive, what it's like to really be here."

It is delicious, this moment, to not be in a hurry to get to an end, to make each page my own, as though it is a gift that Miranda Beverly-Whittemore has given to me personally.

The gift to go slow, to look around at everything and be reminded there is another story, endless stories, beyond what is written, and there is no hurry to get there. To have a book that is full of emotion and intellect is a treat. The Effects of Light is like being on a slow walk with the author, a walk you don't want to ever end. Full beyond what the pages contain. I will look forward to hopefully many books from Miranda Beverly-Whittemore.

"She loved the privacy of her new treasure..."
Via
Beverly-Whittemore has accomplished a great deal in her first novel. The story itself, of two young sisters who are photographed by an artist, is compelling, and the questions raised are complex and challenging. I found the discussions of the role of art in our culture fascinating and provocative, and the story was believable and intriguing. I was "rooting" for all the characters! This is the sort of book I can't put down, but whose questions and challenges stay with me!
Blueshaper
Our book group of three man and three women found lots to talk about. The story held our interest and the topics led to far reaching conversation.
Goltikree
THE EFFECTS OF LIGHT is a luminous story --- part family drama, part mystery, and part rumination on the philosophy of art. Miranda Beverly-Whittemore combines these elements to create a poignant, thought-provoking, and well-crafted debut novel.

For more than a decade, Myla Rose Wolfe has been living under an assumed name. As Kate Scott, a medieval literature professor at a small, secluded East Coast college, she is free of the scandal associated with her family. But when she receives a package from a lawyer who's acting on behalf of an anonymous client, she realizes that no matter how far she runs, or how many details she fabricates about her life, she can't outrun her past. She heads home to Portland, Oregon, to relive the event that changed her family forever --- and to once again become Myla Wolfe.

In the first few pages of the book readers learn that Myla's father and 13-year-old sister, Pru, died within months of one another thirteen years ago, sending Myla into a tailspin of grief. The question of how they died is part of what fuels the narrative, and Beverly-Whittemore keeps the suspense heightened by parsing out details about what happened.

As children, Myla and Pru posed for family friend and photographer Ruth Handel. The photos --- taken over a period of ten years and some of which depict the young girls naked --- generated a national controversy about exploitation versus art. Myla and Pru's father, a brilliant, widowed college professor, was determined to instill in his daughters a sense of independence, and he allowed them to choose whether or not they wanted to be in Ruth's photographs. To the surprise of Myla and Pru, who enjoyed posing for the photographs and the sense of artistic accomplishment it gave them, the photos were viewed by some as child pornography.

Beverly-Whittemore makes interesting use of the photographs as a plot device, including sections called "proof" interspersed throughout the book. Each one describes a photograph of Myla and Pru, the circumstances of which are then revealed in the narrative. The story is propelled along through scenes set in the present as the reader follows Myla's quest to revisit her past, but the heart of the tale lies in the passages narrated by Pru. Reminiscent of THE LOVELY BONES, 13-year-old Pru tells her own story and is a vital presence in the novel. The events she recounts also shed light on Myla's character, their sisterly bond and the dynamics of the family.

If you pared THE EFFECTS OF LIGHT down to its basic elements, it still would be a compelling read with engaging characters and a suspenseful storyline. But Beverly-Whittemore doesn't stop there. Through contrasting images of light and dark, artist and audience, past and present, she has created a thinking-person's page-turner. The effect is truly remarkable...and dare I say enlightening?

--- Reviewed by Shannon McKenna
Flamekiller
Myla and Pru are two sisters, one a teenager and one not quite there. They become the subjects of controversial photos that change their lives. Pru is kidnapped and murdered when 13 and Myla changes her name and tries to shut everyone out after her father dies shortly thereafter. She is pulled back into the web 13 years later when she has to piece together what happened to her father's manuscript, to Ruth, the family friend photographer and to Jane, Steve and their daughter Emma, who were her surrogate family. All this, and try to resolve issues with her boyfriend, Samuel, who knew nothing of this past!

The structure of the book goes between Kate/Myla's third-person account of the present and Pru's first person account of the past. You don't even learn of the murder until the last section of the book. I really enjoyed the unravelling process. Any criticism stems from a need to have a total picture. The father's death is totally unexplained. Pru's death sequence is a little unbelievable in terms of what she is thinking during the whole event. Finally. the Steve/Jane/manuscript thing is really hurried and totally unbeleivable.

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