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The Voyage of the Morning Light

Fiction: Historical Fiction
Unabridged   13.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/02/2020

The Voyage of the Morning Light

A Novel

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684579242
Digital Download ISBN:9781684579235


From a critically acclaimed and beloved storyteller comes a sweeping novel set aboard the Morning Light, a Nova Scotian merchant ship sailing through the South Pacific in 1912.

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Kay and Thea are half-sisters, separated in age by almost twenty years, but deeply attached. When their stern father dies, Thea travels to Nova Scotia for her long-promised marriage to the captain of the Morning Light. But she cannot abandon her orphaned young sister, so Kay too embarks on a life-changing journey to the other side of the world.

At the heart of The Voyage of the Morning Light is a crystallizing moment in Micronesia: Thea, still mourning a miscarriage, forms a bond with a young boy from a remote island and takes him on board as her own son. Over time, the repercussions of this act force Kay, who considers the boy her brother, to examine her own assumptions—which are increasingly at odds with those of society around her—about what is forgivable and what is right.

Inspired by a true story, Marina Endicott shows us a now-vanished world in all its wonder, and in its darkness, prejudice, and difficulty, too. She also brilliantly illuminates our present time through Kay's examination of the idea of "difference"—between people, classes, continents, cultures, customs, and species. The Voyage of the Morning Light is a breathtaking novel by a writer who has an astonishing ability to bring past worlds vividly to life while revealing the moral complexity of our own.


“It's riveting, and as spot-on as her interpretations of other characters, from the even-toned narrator to the gruff captain barking orders; islanders speaking in warm, wide syllables; and a missionary school Bishop’s unctuousness; in this meditation on nature’s wonders and the human capacity for change.” -Booklist Audio Review

Author Bio

Marina Endicott's novel Good to a Fault won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, Canada and the Caribbean, and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her next, The Little Shadows, was short-listed for the Governor General's Award and long-listed for the Giller Prize, as was her last book, Close to Hugh.