Sara Vilkomerson
March 28, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

And the Dark Sacred Night

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Julia Glass
publisher
Pantheon
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Julia Glass’ debut, Three Junes, won the National Book Award in 2002. Lovers of that novel, which moved nimbly between character perspectives and continents while tracing the lives of a Scottish family over a decade, will rejoice to see old friends return and to have some longtime mysteries put to rest. And the Dark Sacred Night isn’t really a sequel, but the spirit of Malachy Burns — the colorful critic who died of AIDS in Three Junes — looms large here through the story of Kit, a professor trying to learn about his birth father. Glass has a knack for weaving together multiple lyrical narratives before delivering the ultimate emotional punch. The only regret you’ll have at the end of this particular story is that it’s over. A-

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