Glass Boys is a tri­umph.
— Booklist, Starred Review
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When Eli Fagan dis­cov­ers the secret his eleven-year-old step­son has hid­den in an old pickle jar, he is filled with blind­ing rage. As he destroys the jar’s con­tents, broth­ers Roy and Lewis Trench, in a drunken prank, stum­ble into Eli’s yard, and their poor tim­ing costs Roy his life. Though the courts rule the death a tragic acci­dent, the event opens a seam of hate between the two fam­i­lies of Knife’s Point, Newfoundland.

Con­sumed with guilt for his brother’s death and hatred for the man he holds respon­si­ble, Lewis seeks to smother the painful past with love. He mar­ries Wilda, and the plea­sure he takes in their two chil­dren recalls the hap­pier days of his child­hood with Roy. But as he watches his small fam­ily begin to frac­ture, the dark­ness of the past begins to intrude upon the present, lead­ing Lewis and his boys right back to the Fagans — and Eli’s watch­ful step­son, Gar­rett Glass.

Pow­er­fully writ­ten, with vivid and unflinch­ing prose, Glass Boys is an utterly riv­et­ing, deeply mov­ing saga of the per­sis­tence of evil, and the depths and lim­its of love.