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Reese Witherspoon’s latest book club pick is a huge Reese Witherspoon fan

Reese Witherspoon’s latest book club pick is The Light We Lost, an adult romance released early last year which has gradually caught fire with readers.

The book, written by Jill Santopolo, begins at Columbia University as two students meet and fall in love; they reconnect a year later, as if by fate, and then again and again over a dozen more years. It’s a sweeping love story that spans continents and doesn’t shy away from the challenges and jealousies that come with increasing distance.

Santopolo, whose previous work includes the YA romance Summer Love and the children’s book series Sparkle Spa, marks her adult debut with The Light We Lost. In the time since it was released last May, it’s found a big audience. And just in the past week, exciting news has started rolling in: Santopolo herself will get the chance to adapt her book for a film produced by Southpaw Entertainment, and Reese Witherspoon has selected The Light We Lost as her latest book club pick.

EW caught up with Santopolo to discuss the inspiration behind the book, the whirlwind of the past few weeks, and some of her favorite Witherspoon roles. Read on below, and buy the book (now in paperback) here.

What was the inspiration for this book? What made you want to tell this story?
This book was actually inspired by my own broken heart. Lucy’s story isn’t my story, but the emotions she grapples with throughout the book are things I was thinking about and trying to figure out. I wanted to write a story to assure anyone who has ever had a broken heart that they’re not alone — that love and loss are universal.

This was your first adult novel.

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