Author Julia Glass will be at Titcomb’s Bookshop on Saturday, August 2, from 1 to 2 PM to talk about her newest novel, “And the Dark, Sacred Night.”
The novel features Kit Noonan, an unemployed art historian with twins to help support and a mortgage to pay—and a wife frustrated by his inertia. Raised by a strong-willed, secretive single mother, Kit has never known the identity of his father—a mystery that his wife insists he must solve to move forward with his life. Out of desperation, Kit goes to the mountain retreat of his mother’s former husband, Jasper, a take-no-prisoners outdoorsman.
There, in the midst of a fierce blizzard, Kit and Jasper confront memories of the bittersweet decade when their families were joined. Reluctantly breaking a long-ago promise, Jasper connects Kit with Lucinda and Zeke Burns, who know the answer he is looking for. Readers of Ms. Glass’s first novel, “Three Junes,” will recognize Lucinda as the mother of Malachy, the music critic who died of AIDS. In an effort to fully understand the secrets surrounding his paternity, Kit will travel farther still, meeting Fenno McLeod, now in his late 50s, and Fenno’s longtime companion, the gregarious Walter Kinderman.
“And the Dark, Sacred Night,” is a memorable tale about the youthful choices that steer our destinies, the necessity of forgiveness, and the risks we take when we face down the shadows from our past.
In addition to “Three Junes,” winner of the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction, Ms. Glass is the author of “The Whole World Over”; “I See You Everywhere,” winner of the 2009 Binghamton University John Gardner Book Award; and “The Widower’s Tale.” A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Ms. Glass also teaches fiction writing, most frequently at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.
Titcomb’s Bookshop is at 432 Route 6A in East Sandwich.