The Sunlight Pilgrims

A Novel

by Jenni Fagan

The stunning new novel from the highly-acclaimed author of The Panopticon

It's November of 2020, and the world is freezing over. Each day colder than the last.
There's snow in Israel, the Thames is overflowing, and an iceberg separated from the Fjords in Norway is expected to drift just off the coast of Scotland. As ice water melts into the Atlantic, frenzied London residents evacuate by the thousands for warmer temperatures down south. But not Dylan. Grieving and ready to build life anew, he heads north to bury his mother's and grandmother's ashes on the Scottish islands where they once lived. 

Hundreds of miles away, twelve-year-old Estella and her survivalist mother, Constance, scrape by in the snowy, mountainous Highlands, preparing for a record-breaking winter. Living out of a caravan, they spend their days digging through landfills, searching for anything with restorative and trading value. When Dylan arrives in their caravan park in the middle of the night, life changes course for Estella and Constance. Though the weather worsens, his presence brings a new light to daily life, and when the ultimate disaster finally strikes, they'll all be ready. 

Written in incandescent, dazzling prose, The Sunlight Pilgrims is a visionary story of courage and resilience in the midst of nature's most violent hour; by turns an homage to the portentous beauty of our natural world, and to just how strong we can be, if the will and the hope is there, to survive its worst. 


- NPR “Best Books of 2016” – Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Tales from Around the World


Recent Reviews

The Sunlight Pilgrims

Melissa Cody

4.5 Stars

This book is fantastic, but it needs to come with a warning: the ending is uncertain, in the style of "The Giver" or "The Lady and the Tiger", or even "The Little Prince". If you're uncomfortable with uncertainty, you'll find the ending…

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The Sunlight Pilgrims

Diana Iozzia

4 Stars

I was very hopeful for this book, that it would be a survivalist adventure mixed with some science fiction. I think this would play out wonderfully on a film screen. I liked the main characters, but some of the book dragged a little too much…

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Book Review: The Sunlight Pilgrims

Shannon Cates

3.5 Stars

I expected a book about the end of the world and instead found a strange and lovely exploration of strange and lovely…

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The Sunlight Pilgrims

Katie Crichton

4 Stars

I really enjoyed this book.  It is eerie and unsettling.  Fagan's writing is strong and her characters memorable.  I've heard other people suggest this is a YA book, but it definitely written for adults -- I don't think it…

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Book Review The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

Nick Soto

4.5 Stars

In the year 2020, the entire world is surrounded by coldness. While, London residents head South for a reprieve, Dylan heads north to buy his mother's and grandmother's ashes in their homeland. Dylan crosses the path of Estella and Constance…

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