The Flickering Light

The Flickering Light

by Christina Kilbourne
  • english-from-canada
  • fiction
  • from-ontario
Being an only child with eccentric parents in the 1950s makes life a challenge for Will Cassidy, but it is nothing compared to how difficult life gets when Penny, his two-year-old cousin, comes to live with his family. Then, just when life returns to normal again, his relatives appear out of thin air to reclaim Penny and her father turns up dead in the trunk of his flashy new car. It is many years before Will discovers the truth about the murder and who had a hand to play in it, but not before he can make amends and understand the past for what it was. The Flickering Light reveals the story about the strengths and the weaknesses of families, about how relationships ride parallel tracks for years and then one day merge, how lost time can be recaptured, and how the truth can make up for what once was lost.


Christina Kilbourne , author

Christina Kilbourne was born in southwestern Ontario and grew up in Muskoka, a resort area two hours north of Toronto. She graduated with an Honours B.A. degree in English Literature and Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario and completed her M.A. degree in Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Windsor, Ontario. She has six previously published books of adult, young adult, and juvenile fiction and has had her books translated into Slovenian, Portuguese and Ukrainian. Her book Dear Jo won three young readers’ choice awards in Canada in the same year – one in Manitoba, one in Saskatchewan, and one in British Columbia. It was also nominated for a New York State young readers’ choice award. She lives near Bracebridge, Ontario.


  • Kilbourne mines memory and voices in ways that are startlingly similar to Margaret Laurence, that Canadian touchstone of small-town feeling. S h e is a promising writer who gives her characters a respectful fragility. - University of Toronto Quarterly
  • Kilbourne is a talented writer with a facility for language and an intriguing story. - Quill & Quire
  • Kilbourne’s deceptively simple prose employs shifts of memory and point of view, place and time to build a narrative structure that supports a gentle, sweetly moving climax. - The Globe and Mail

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rights available: Worldwide

Additional Information

age range: 13 and up

number of pages: 272

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book