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  • Published: 1 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9780307456113
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $29.99

And The Dark Sacred Night



From the National Book Award–winning author, a "tender, insightful, and winning exploration of the modern family and the infinite number of shapes it can take" (People).

Kit Noonan is an unemployed art historian with twins to support, a mortgage to pay, and a frustrated wife who insists that, to move forward, Kit must first confront a crucial mystery about his past. Born to a single teenage mother, he has never known the identity of his biological father.
Kit’s search begins with his onetime stepfather, Jasper, a take-no-prisoners Vermont outdoorsman, and ultimately leads him to Fenno McLeod, the beloved protagonist of Glass's award-winning novel Three Junes. Immersing readers in a panorama that stretches from Vermont to the tip of Cape Cod, And the Dark Sacred Night is an unforgettable novel about the youthful choices that steer our destinies, the necessity of forgiveness, and the risks we take when we face down the shadows of our past.

  • Published: 1 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9780307456113
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Julia Glass

Julia Glass was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and her short stories have been honoured with three Nelson Algren Awards and the Tobias Wolff Award. Her first novel, Three Junes, won the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction. Her books since then include The Whole World Over, I See You Everywhere, and The Widower’s Tale. Until recently a longtime New Yorker, she now lives with her family in Massachusetts.

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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
 
Three Junes
“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


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