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Light Years

No memory presents itself of my first acquaintance with the sea. It was always there, and I was always in it. This is how Susanna Moore starts her girlhood recollections of Hawaii, this ravishing little world ... redolent with romance, a beautiful journey down memory lane. The Hawaii of her memories is an isolated place: Until the end of the 50s, when regular air traffic commenced, the islands could only be reached by boat, a five-day trip from San Fransisco to Los Angeles did not exist for us; it was thought to be a little vulgar. It was an hierachical, snobbish and quietly racist society. But for a child it was heaven on earth, a paradise of light and colour! She spent her seemingly endless, sunshine-filled days with bundles of books in the shade of palm trees. She could hear the sea and read the stories the waves told in the pages of her books. Light Years is a very personal, if unusual travelogue back in time, back to Hawaii and through the pages of Conrad, Stevenson and Defoe.

Susanna Moore, born in 1945, spent her childhood with her four siblings in Hawai i. When she was 18 years old she left the island to work as a model and actress. In 1983 she started writing; her thriller In the Cut was a US national bestseller and turned into a movie starring Meg Ryan and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Susanna Moore lives and works in New York.

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