Synopses & Reviews
"This is lyrical writing at its finest . . . breathtaking and beautiful, showing us the fullness of a life captured."-Foreword Magazine
For decades, Mercedes Medina has carefully navigated life's turbulent currents, and although her irascibly good-humored husband of 25 years is dying, she fully expects her elegantly ordered existence to carry on. But when a passionate affair hits her head-on-and desire collides with responsibility-she is forced to redefine her life in ways authentically her own. She knows peace will never find her here. But she might not miss it. . . .Ann Wadsworth lives in Boston, where she is the editor of publications for the Boston Athenaeum. Light, Coming Back is her first novel.
"This remarkably assured debut holds you rapt, breaks your heart, makes you wish its vivid, engaging characters would stay a little longer. Wadsworth is a masterful stylist of intelligence, subtlety, and grace." Helen Eisenbach
"An exquisitely honest love story that reveals the delicate and steely threads that bind us to those few we connect with deeply. Unafraid of complexity and full of vitality, this is a tale that should have been told before now; Mrs. Dalloway finds her passionate young Sally not in her long-ago past but in today's flower shop. Wadsworth's characters come so vividly to life, you expect to see them beside you when you look up from your reading. This smart and beautifully written novel will stay with you a long time; indeed, it will teach you how to live." Elizabeth Stark
"Offers a hero worthy of ovation: Mrs. Mercedes Medina, who pitches from moments of intolerable anguish to moments of equally intolerable ecstasy. She is a ship in open seas, both dignified and vulnerable, and, despite her naivete, recognizes the divinity of cello music and tagliatelle." Jane Summer
"Arguably the finest piece of lesbian fiction ever written."
The Lambda Book Report
"Superb. Wadsworth is an extraordinarily skillful and subtle novelist. This is a writer who creates living, breathing, characters and gives them a memorable story to inhabit. A crisply observed novel how obligations and distracting satisfactions can almost convince a person she has found happiness. Gracefully written, and suffused with insight, the novel more than anything is a story of the consequences of that incomparible experience of first love. A novel that enfolds the reader in a singular spell, honest, heart-breaking, and untimately, hopeful, Light, Coming Back is a smashing debut." New Jersey Courier-Post
"Exquisite. An exhilarating exploration of the intoxications and dangers of first love. Beautifully written, bracingly honest and alive with a vivid sense of physical and emotional place, Light, Coming Back glows." Philadelphia Gay News
Elegant, intellectual Mercedes Medina is nearing 60 and preparing for the imminent death of her husband, Patrick. Twenty years her senior Patrick approaches the end of his life with lucidity and confidence, but for Mercedes, the journey is not so simple. Finding herself drawn to a woman nearly half her age, she struggles for balance as passion collides with responsibility, recklessness with loyalty, lust with love, and the present with the future. A haunting story of the search for an authentic and personal life, rendered in an exquisitely heartrending manner, Light, Coming Back is both unforgettable and universally recognizable.
About the Author
Ann Wadsworth lives in Boston, where she is the editor of publications for the Boston Athenaeum. Light, Coming Back is her first novel.