And the Dark Sacred Night

Julia Glass’  latest book And the Dark Sacred Night is a great story that combines new characters with  familiar figures from her first  novel, Three Junes. I love it when authors do that. Make a connection to previous books. (Yes I’ve read it, but unfortunately when I went searching for it on my bookshelf to reread and familiarize myself with Lucinda and Malachy I discovered that I’d given it to the resale shop at my local library before moving. Arrggg!)  In a nutshell, Kit Noonan, an unemployed art historian (his specialty is Inuit Art! – go figure… a definite Canadian connection to the story), decides it’s high time he searched for his “real” father. He wants the truth. His mother Daphne has always refused to divulge his dad’s name or any circumstances surrounding his birth. Kit goes to his step-father Jasper to see if he will help him in his quest to discover some family history, and Jasper sets the ball in motion. All of a sudden there are relatives coming out of the proverbial woodwork. This is a book about families and their secrets, and the choices we make when we’re young that affect us for the rest of our lives. It’s about forgiveness and the discovering who we really are before it’s too late. And sometimes discovery leads us back to the beginning again. So, be careful what you wish for. Glass is a great writer, and she’s written another great book.

Glass’ dedication at the front of the book is very interesting – “For Elliot: the brother I always wanted… and found out I had all along.” It makes me wonder if what she’s written has a kernel of truth buried somewhere deep inside the story.

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