And a Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass

Find in catalogI have only read one book by Julia Glass, but I suspect most, if not all, of her books are the kind that could easily be enjoyed a second time. I can relate with Kit, the main character of And The Dark Sacred Night, as he’s trying to figure out where he fits in the world; his wife is convinced that if he could find out who his dad is, he’d have a better idea who he was. I often wonder if my relationship had been extended past the first twelve years, how my life would have been different. When he is with his twins, he wonders what kinds of people they will grow up to be. Glass describes his used-to-be crazy in-love relationship with Sandra, his wife, as one of a dance of “leisurely dance of passion and deliberation.” Soon the book weaves various family relationships when he makes a pilgrimage to find out the identity of his father. He couldn’t have expected to have so many relationships come out of the ashes. Glass is a great story-teller as well as an artist that creates vivid settings and intriguing characters. If you have a long list of books you want to read, I’d put one of her books on the top.

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