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by Nicole Lundrigan

With vivid and unflinching prose, Nicole Lundrigan has created a riveting and deeply human saga of the persistence of evil and the depths and limits of love.When Roy Trench is killed in a drunken prank gone wrong, his brother Lewis sees blood on the hands of the man responsible: the abusive alcoholic, Eli Fagan. Though the courts rule the death an accident, the event opens a seam of hate between the two families of Knife's Point, Newfoundland.Desperate to smother the painful past with love, Lewis marries Wilda, and the pleasure he takes in their two children -- Melvin and Toby -- recalls the happier days of his childhood with Roy. But as he watches his small family fracture, the darkness of the past begins to cloud the present, leading Lewis back to Eli Fagan -- and his watchful stepson, Garrett Glass.In the style of Newfoundland literature, established by Michael Crummey and Lisa Moore, Glass Boys is the haunting story of an unforgivable crime that brings two families to the brink.
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ISBN: 1553657977
ISBN13: 978-1553657972
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Literary
Author: Nicole Lundrigan
Language: English
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre; Reprint edition (July 24, 2012)
Pages: 304 pages
ePUB size: 1764 kb
FB2 size: 1687 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 790
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This book was really interesting and suspenseful. However, it was also very dark and disturbing at times. Overall, I enjoyed this book.
I took this book on vacation with me hoping to read a few pages each day while on the beach. I ended up reading it straight through - I couldn't put it down.
Glass Boys was a dark, gothic story. It's set in Newfoundland, Canada, I think in the 1970s. (I don't remember that any dates were mentioned but some of the cultural references made me think it was set in the 70s.) I wasn't familiar with how English is spoken in this region of Canada but I found the dialogue lovely to read. The characters say things like "tis" and "twas" and they put "s" on the end of a lot of words that I don't, like "you thinks you're something special" and "I wants them now". The idioms were great too; they reminded me of the charming idioms people in the southern United States use. One of my favorites was:*

"if someone don't want you, if someone don't think you got at least a few squirts of sunshine poked up your ass, you're better off without them."

The prose was wonderfully crafted and beautiful even though most of the time it was describing disturbing things. I did appreciate that there were no overly graphic scenes. The characters were well-developed and heartbreakingly flawed. The relationship between Melvin and Toby was one bright spot that kept this novel from being too depressing. I especially loved Toby. He was such a sweet boy, the kind of boy that's almost too good for this world because no one will ever treat him as kindly as he treats everyone.

I'm a fan of southern US fiction and even though this novel was Canadian, I found it very similar. The blurb mentions that this book is in the style of Newfoundland literature. I wasn't familiar with that sub-genre before reading this book. Glass Boys was so good that I'm looking forward to reading more by Nicole Lundrigan and other Newfoundland authors.

*quotes are taken from an uncorrected review copy - the final copy may differ
A hauntingly vivid tale written in a Newfoundland accent, I found myself wishing for more lightness in this very dark book. The characters are all well written and very memorable.

This is a book that will stay with you long after you finish it. It's a book I will probably read again.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves suspence, but be warned, this is definitely a hard read.
I don't think I'll forget this story soon. Well developed characters. Dark subject matter, doled out by the author in a descriptive way, but without being overly graphic. A good read.