- Imprint: The Overlook Press
- Publication Date: August 11, 2020
- Price: $25.00
- Trim Size: 5 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄4
- ISBN: 978-1-4197-4721-2
- EAN: 9781419747212
- Page Count: 288
- Format: Hardcover
- Rights: US Only
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An urgent bulletin from an all-too-believable near future where a smart young woman who questions the new world order is accused of being a terrorist—an intense, unputdownable read by the author of The Girls
Taking place over the course of 48 hours in 2024, This Little Light draws readers into a universe of born-again Christians and celebrity worship where abortion is once again illegal and both religion and surveillance run amok. Heroine Rory Miller and her best friend, Fee, are on the run after a bomb explodes at their elite Christian private school in their triple-gated California community during their American Chastity Ball, where girls in white gowns pledge to their fathers that they will remain virgins until marriage. As the girls struggle to survive while following their own attempted capture on social media and cable news—crowdsourced by Christian zealots and bounty hunters—Rory blogs their story in real time, determined to leave behind a record in their own words in case they don’t make it out alive.
In This Little Light, bestselling author Lori Lansens weaves together the pressing issues of our time—women’s rights, income disparity, religion and politics, immigration—and di˝ uses them through the authentic voice of a 16-year-old navigating a frightening reality. The result is an intense, urgent, and enthralling read about an all-too-believable near future—and the world we already live in.
“Lansens throws her readers right into the action and keeps them there, as thirsty, hungry, and frightened as two young girls on the run. A crazy-good coming-of-age thriller that will make you sweat, starting at page one.”— Christina Dalcher, author of VOX
“Lori Lansens imagines a near-future that is stark, visceral, and terrifyingly real. Hallelujah for the audacious self-professed heathen, Rory Ann Miller, who holds the adults in her world accountable while reminding us to never stop fighting for freedom. This book is a one hell of a wake-up call. I was rooting for Rory from page one.”— Ami McKay, author of The Birth House and The Witches of New York
"...a twenty-first-century The Handmaid’s Tale..."— Booklist
About the author
Lori Lansens is a successful screenwriter and novelist whose books have been sold in more than 13 countries. She is the author of four previous novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Girls. Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, she now lives in Santa Monica, California.