The Sunlit Night follows the intertwining story of Yasha, a teenager facing the loss of his father, and Frances, an art student spending her summer painting a barn yellow. They meet in the far north of Norway in a town called Lofoten- Yasha is there to bury his father 'at the top of the world', and they strike up a friendship that turns to a kind of love story.
Before her novel, Rebecca had written a collection of poems in Norwegian and English, so her writing style tends to be very poetic with lots of great descriptions of colours and landscapes. I loved the interesting mix of characters that Frances and Yasha meet in the Far North, but found it really difficult to identify with them.
The novel begins with their stories separately and I have to say I preferred it this way. When their stories started to intertwine I found the story to be a bit all over the place. I didn't believe their infatuation with each other and so found their love story to be a bit ho hum. For me, the more interesting story was why Frances would go to the top of the world and live in an artist's colony that used to be an asylum with an eccentric artist who is painting a barn bright yellow. I would have liked to have seen this story grow and progress, but instead it was like the second Yasha turned up in Lofoten, this was all forgotten and moved to one side only rarely being mentioned again.
All in all, I liked the book but at the same time I got really frustrated with the story which started off really well and then kind of moved on to a tiny bit boring. The book is nice for a summer read, but not one that you'll stay up all night reading because you can't put it down.
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