Lights All Night Long

Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick is a debut novel from a talented author. The writing is excellent and the unusual story grabs the reader’s attention from the first page. The shadow of his beloved, addicted brother haunts Ilya, who at age 15 is beginning a fresh start as an exchange student in Baton Rouge, LA. His observations of American life are piercing.  They contrast sharply with alternating vignettes of growing up in Russia. Sadie is the daughter of the family, an adopted child with her own secrets. There is clever weaving of two disparate, small town locations with striking similarities. It’s a mystery, a trenchant analysis of the bonds of brothers, the perils of addiction and the possibilities of new relationships.