The award-winning author on her best subject—family secrets—in the story of a middle-aged man who searches for his father, upending relationships beyond his own and changing forever the way he fits into the world he thought he knew so well.
Kit Noonan’s life is stalled: unemployed, twins to help support, a mortgage to pay—and a frustrated wife, who is certain that more than anything else, Kit needs to solve the mystery of his father’s identity. He begins with a visit to his former stepfather, Jasper, a take-no-prisoners Vermont outdoorsman. But it is another person who has kept the secret: Lucinda Burns, wife of a revered senior statesman and mother of Malachy (the journalist who died of AIDS in Glass’s first novel, Three Junes). She and her husband are the only ones who know the full story of an accident whose repercussions spread even further when Jasper introduces Lucinda to Kit. Immersing readers in a panorama that stretches from Vermont to the tip of Cape Cod, Glass weaves together the lives of Kit, Jasper, Lucinda and ultimately, Fenno McLeod, the beloved protagonist of Three Junes (now in his sixties). An unforgettable novel about the youthful choices that steer our destinies, the necessity of forgiveness, and the surprisingly mutable meaning of family.
About the Author
Julia Glass is the author of Three Junes, winner of the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction; The Whole World Over; I See You Everywhere, winner of the 2009 Binghamton University John Gardner Book Award; and The Widower's Tale. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliff Institute for Advanced Study, Glass lives in Massachusetts with her family.
Praise for And the Dark Sacred Night…
“Winner of the National Book Award for her 2002 debut, Three Junes, Julia Glass takes another sympathetic look at the complexities of contemporary life in this novel about family secrets. . . Examining complicated family relationships among several families whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways, this warm and engaging story about what it means to be a father will appeal to most readers.” —Library Journal
“Glass explores the pain of family secrets, the importance of identity, and the ultimate meaning of family . . . HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Although Glass borrows characters from her National Book Award–winning Three Junes, it is not necessary to have read that previous book to enjoy this lovely, highly readable, and thought-provoking novel.” —Booklist, starred review
The Widower’s Tale
“Beautifully sensitive . . . The Widower’s Tale is about the rub between old values and new times . . . In the tradition of Jane Eyre, it builds to a conflagration, a crisis that shakes everyone out of their complacency. But Glass quickly smothers the flames of catastrophe, for her vision is essentially more hopeful than tragic.” —Los Angeles Times
“A satisfyingly clear-eyed and compassionate view of American entitlement and its fallout . . . [Glass] approaches the ties of kinship with the same joyfully disruptive spirit that animated her previous books.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A masterful exploration of the secret places of the human heart.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
I See You Everywhere
“Glass is the Edith Wharton for the twenty-first century.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Rich, intricate, and alive with emotion . . . An honest portrait of sister-love . . . Brave and forgiving.” —The New York Times Book Review
The Whole World Over
“Beautiful and satisfying, chock-full of the gorgeous, heartbreaking stuff that makes life worth living.” —The Rocky Mountain News
“A voluptuous treat.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Enormously accomplished . . . Rich, absorbing, and full of life.”—The New Yorker
“Radiant . . . An intimate literary triptych of lives pulled together and torn apart.” —Chicago Tribune
“Almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains. Glass’s ability to illuminate and deepen the mysteries of her characters’ lives is extraordinary.” —Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours