Light Fracture by Deena C. Bouknight
Light Fracture would most likely appeal to readers of such fiction works as Before We Were Yours, Orphan Train, The Widow of the South, The Light Between Oceans, Home Across the Road, etc.
Light Fracture addresses the drama surrounding the most disastrous earthquake on record to hit the East Coast, as well as the dynamics of the lighthouse culture.
Set primarily in 1886 lowcountry South Carolina, the story is conveyed through the perspective of a young teacher rowed out to teach the lighthouse keeper's children each week; her observations on the precariousness of life through mental illness and natural disasters drives the plot, yet the story also addresses post-Reconstruction societal mores.
Agnes’ plummet inside the Morris Island lighthouse became the stuff of local lore and ghost stories. But was her actual death driven by mental illness? Or, did the lighthouse keeper play a part? The teacher? This well-researched historical literary fiction illumines struggles meant to stay shrouded in a time when patience was a virtue, a lighthouse saved lives, and an earthquake was the furthest notion in the minds of those living in the lowcountry.
Deena C. Bouknight, who resides in the Carolinas, is a career writer, having contributed for 30-plus years to local, regional, national, and international publications. Her two other Southern literary fiction works are Broken Shells and Playing Guy. And, she has contributed to Portraits of Grace: North Carolina Churches (Our State Books); Humor for a Sister's Heart (Howard); and Big Book of Christmas Joy (Howard). Email Deena at