‘The L.A. Times’ Reviews “Lights All Night Long”

Lydia Fitzpatrick’s ‘Lights All Night Long’ is a luminous debut from an Angeleno author

By Michael Schaub

It’s a strange, unsettling kind of beauty that only people who have spent much time in oil towns are familiar with — the lights of the refineries, bright and ghostly, that light up the area around them all night long, bathing the houses and nature nearby with an eerie glow.

Ilya, the 15-year-old protagonist of Los Angeles author Lydia Fitzpatrick’s remarkable debut novel, “Lights All Night Long,” has never known a world without them. They illuminated the small Russian town where he grew up; they cast a constant light on the Louisiana town where he’s moved as an exchange student.

Ilya was initially excited to leave his hometown to strike out for America, but he’s found himself unable to enjoy his time in the new country — shortly before he moved, his brother, Vladimir, was arrested in the deaths of three young women in their community. Ilya believes Vladimir to be innocent, despite his brother having confessed to the slayings. Read the full review at The L.A. Times.

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