For eleven year old Esme, ballet is life. Following in Anna Pavlova’s footsteps and dancing thirty seven perfect turns on top of an elephant in China is Esme’s dream, until her four year old sister goes missing.
Now, neighbors Esme’s known since birth, her mother’s couture bridal clients, strangers in her father’s taxi, are all suspects. The police even question the games her brother plays with Lily. Was it really appropriate to lock Lily in the closet so she could draw on the walls? With summer auditions looming, Esme accepts an invitation to live with her dance teacher, escaping the looking-glass version of her chaotic home. If Lily is on a storybook adventure, sailing seas and fighting animal kings and queens, Esme can have hers too. Lily, who once packed a suitcase to go to the moon, will be home soon enough.
Eight years later, as Esme dances her first principal role in Paris, the call comes. The police have found an unidentified girl in a basement. The discovery shatters the protective world Esme’s built for herself, recasting the line between reality and make-believe.
A LILY IN THE LIGHT is the story of a woman’s struggle to understand the tragedy that shaped her upbringing, forever altering her journey as an artist and the magnetic bond between sisters.