Alison Moore has written a thought-provoking novel about memories and their ability to affect us throughout our lives. The Lighthouse, which was a finalist for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, follows Futh, a passive-aggressive man, as he travels through Germany on a one-week vacation. Recently divorced, his vacation is a time for him to reflect on his life and how he ended up alone with no wife, a dysfunctional family, and issues with his mother. Futh’s story intertwines with Ester’s. She is an unfaithful wife who only wants to find love, but her husband has none to offer her. Ester and her husband run a local German inn, and Futh finds himself in unexpected circumstances when he is caught between them.
This novel demonstrates how history repeats itself, involuntarily or not. Each character, by reflecting on his or her life, creates a memoir for the reader. An interesting look at life, The Lighthouse shows us how some situations are out of our control. Fate overtakes rhyme and reason in this intriguing book.