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.
In her fourth novel (after The Seary Line), Lundrigan crafts two families who, over two generations, are linked by secrets and bloodshed in small-town Knife s Point, Newfoundland. When Eli Fagan discovers a pickle jar filled with lewd pictures of a young boy taken by his 11-year-old stepson, Garrett, he attacks him in outrage and accidentally kills a neighboring man, Roy Trench, who tries to intervene. Years later, Roy s brother Lewis and his family still live alongside the Fagans, although Lewis two sons know nothing of Garrett s secret or the history between the Trenches and the Fagans. Garrett has grown into a disturbed man who haunts the woods near the town s elementary school and beach looking for young boys, drawn to the impressionable "odd one out" with his "innocence of dirty finger nails." When Lewis sons, Melvin and Toby, find themselves in a tense confrontation with Garrett, the violent past shared between the families threatens to repeat itself. Through the darkness, Lundigran tenderly creates moments of hope for her characters, like the budding romance between Toby and the Fagans youngest daughter, Angie, that suggests the two can escape the history ensnaring their families. Lundigran s characters are fully alive nuanced and flawed drawing readers into their plight in this rich, evocative novel.