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March 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Jill Santopolo


March 27, 2018
8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134


He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story–their story–at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated–perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation.

About the Author:

Jill Santopolo received a BA in English literature from Columbia University and an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She’s the author of three successful children’s and young-adult series and works as the editorial director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers group, where she’s edited books by Mayim Bialik, Chelsea Clinton, Amy Ephron, and Lisa Graff, among others. An adjunct professor in The New School’s MFA program, Jill travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. She lives in New York City.


Praise for The Light We Lost and Jill Santopolo:


“Meet your weekend read. About two people who meet in college on 9/11 and cross paths over the years. He goes to war zones as a photographer, while she starts a career in NYC. This read is One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag.”



“Your new tearjerker has arrived: Fans of Me Before You and One Day will love/weep over this elegant novel…”

New York Post


“A college couple embark on a 13-year emotional roller coaster in Jill Santopolo’s novel. It’s on Chelsea Clinton’s must-read list!”

US Weekly


This moving story is a perfect understanding of the sacrifices we make for love and for our dreams, and how life can throw a wrench in even the most perfect plans.”

Real Simple


Have your tissues ready, because you’re going to need them if you’re ever going to get through Jill Santopolo’s highly anticipated novel, The Light We Lost….This book will sink its hooks into your heart on page one, and leave you scarred long after you’re done.”



“Santopolo explores passion, fate, love, and what it means to truly be a good person…. A beautiful and devastating storythat will captivate readers.”

Kirkus Reviews (Starred)


ExtraordinaryThe Light We Lost enchanted and compelled me

Delia Ephron, New York Times bestselling author of Siracusa


“Gorgeously written and absolutely unforgettable, Santopolo’s novel has a beating heart all its own.”

Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of YouIs This Tomorrow, and Cruel Beautiful World


“In this intense, deeply moving novel, Jill Santopolo vividly illuminates how our personal lives and loves are changed by the common—and uncommon—events of our troubled world.”

Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of The Island House

“Witty, romantic and intensely moving, this book made me feel everything.”

Renée Carlino, USA Today bestselling author of Before We Were Strangers


“Beautiful, powerful, and sexy…Santopolo has given us a remarkable love story that enthralled me, surprised me, and ultimately, moved me.”

Thomas Christopher Greeneauthor of The Headmaster’s Wife

Evocative, raw and at times breathlessly heartbreaking, Jill Santopolo’s The Light We Lost is a page-turner that explores the intersection of fate and choice in our relationships…An emotional rollercoaster of a story that won’t let you go even after the last page is turned.”

Karma Brown, bestselling author of Come Away with Me

“Jill Santopolo’s debut is a breathless, sexy, sweeping love story set against the backdrop of the defining moment of this century. Filled with light and hope, this is the romance we’re all looking for.”

Brenda Bowen, author of Enchanted August

“Emotional and heartbreaking. I predict a global tissue shortageThe Light We Lost will definitely join the ranks of books that make you weep.”

Sarah Morgan, USA Today bestselling author of Miracle on 5th Avenue

“We couldn’t stop turning the pages of The Light We Lost. Santopolo took us on a journey of missed chances, regret and uncertainty that left us pondering our own choices. The love story of Lucy and Gabe is one that will stay with you long after you finish.”

Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of The Status of All Things

“The Light We Lost is a beautiful, moving meditation on the choices we make in pursuit of love and a meaningful life, and the consequences that shape our futures.”

Bethany Chase, author of The One That Got Away

An affecting and beautifully-written story about love and missed chances, and how global events can change the course of a single person’s life.”

Julie Cohen, author of Together

“This is such a heart-felt story about both the bliss and torment of love…I am not a weeper but dammit if I wasn’t crying at the end.

Jane O’Connor, New York Times bestselling author

A one-sitting kind of book. Fans of One Day by David Nicholls will love this.

Stylist (UK)