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The Light We Lost

Emotional and heartbreaking. I predict a global tissue shortage. Sarah Morgan

Two people. One choice. What if?

11th September 2001. Lucy and Gabe meet at Columbia University on a day that will change their lives – and the world – forever. And as the city burns behind them, they kiss for the very first time.

Over the next thirteen years they are torn apart, then brought back together, time and time again. It’s a journey of dreams, of desires, of jealousy, of forgiveness – and above all, love.

And as Lucy is faced with a decision she thought she’d never have to make, she wonders whether their love is a matter of  destiny, or chance. What if they should have been living a different life all along?

Me before You meets One Day in this passionate debut novel, The Light We Lost, an epic love story about the heartrending decision that one woman must make… Now translated into 28 languages.


About Jill Santopolo

Jill Santopolo received an MFA in fiction writing, is the author of three successful children’s and young-adult series, and works as the editorial director of Philomel Books. An adjunct professor in The New School’s MFA program, she travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. She lives in New York City.



Jill Santopolo’s extraordinary debut novel The 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 You.