Excerpt from To the Lighthouse's dust jacket:
To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf's fifth novel, was originally published in 1927. Immediately acclaimed, it has remained one of her most highly regarded works of fiction.
Inspired by Woolf's recollections of childhood summers spent on the Cornwall coast, To the Lighthouse depicts the fictional Ramsey family and their assorted house guests spending a vacation in the Hebrides, on the island of Skye. The first part of the novel, "The Window," finds six-year-old James Ramsey eagerly awaiting a promised trip to the nearby lighthouse, a promise not to be fulfilled until ten years later when, in the third section, "The Lighthouse," James is nearing adulthood and many of the other characters have disappeared. Bridging these sections is "Time Passes," with Woolf's famous stream-of-consciousness technique at its most lyrical and powerful and where we find out what has happened to the missing members of the group.