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Grace under pressure and truth are the prevalent themes in A NorthernLight a mystery-romance novel set in the North Woods of New York in1906 Jennifer Donnelly has created a story in which weaved togetherare coming-of-age problems loss racial discrimination and love allin two little towns in the Adirondacks Inlet is poor farming countrywith very few inhabitants while Big Moose Lake is home to a hotel wheresoon an unlucky girl will go missing in a lake and whose fate is allin a bundle of letters given to a girl name Mattie Gokey Mysteries willbe unraveled feelings will be discovered and decisions will be madeThe early 1900s of The North Woods was a harsh time in New York Statefor many One of the individuals who is experiencing a heart-wrenchinglonely yet hopeful childhood in a little town called Inlet is MattieGokey a sixteen-year-old girl living with her father four sisters andtight-knit neighbors Living on a farm isnt easy for a teenage girlwith a brilliant mind love for books and advanced writingcapabilities The novel flashes back and forth between two timelines ofevents One is set at the Glenmore hotel Matties workplace and one ofthe most luxurious hotels in Upstate New York where the disappearanceof Grace Brown has just occurred The other is set back in Matties poorhometown four months before the haunting event Back in Mattieshometown lives her family consisting of her immediate familyneighbors and best friend Weaver Smith Mattie has to make every mealfor her family make her own money for her writing supplies by pickingfiddleheads and figure out a way to make her father let her go toBarnard University for writing all the while escaping to her teacherMs Wilcox for support and freedom Mattie even falls for a boy namedRoyal Loomis tall and handsome Four months later at the GlenmoreGrace Brown goes missing after a night out on the lake with ChesterGillette and little did Mattie know that this woman gave her a fatefulbundle of letters which
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