Le livre : À quarante ans passés, Kit est un bon père de famille. Pourtant, lui n’a jamais connu l’identité de son père, que sa mère a toujours refusé de révéler. Après avoir perdu son emploi, il est plongé dans l’inertie la plus totale. Sa femme, lasse de cette situation, le convainc que s’il veut se construire un futur, il est temps qu’il fasse la lumière sur ses origines. S’ensuit une quête d’identité, la rencontre avec une famille si longtemps étrangère, mais aussi avec Fenno McLeod, libraire gay new-yorkais, qui l’aidera à lever le voile sur ce père absent. Kit retracera l’histoire de ses parents, sa propre histoire, jusqu’à cette fameuse nuit où brillaient les lucioles.
L’auteur : Julia Glass est l’auteur de quatre romans, Jours de juin, Refaire le monde, Louisa et Clem et Les Joies éphémères de Percy Darling, qui ont tous été des best-sellers du New York Times. Elle s’est vu décerner plusieurs prix pour ses romans et ses nouvelles, dont le John Gardner Award pour Louisa et Clem, trois Nelson Algren Awards et le Tobias Wolff Award. Dans La Nuit des lucioles, Julia Glass revisite des personnages de Jours de juin, qui a obtenu le prestigieux prix américain du National Book Award.
In this richly detailed novel about the quest for an unknown father, Julia Glass brings new characters together with familiar figures from her first two novels, immersing readers in a panorama that stretches from suburban New Jersey to rural Vermont and ultimately to the tip of Cape Cod.
Kit Noonan is an unemployed art historian with twins to help support and a mortgage to pay—and a wife frustrated by his inertia. Raised by a strong-willed, secretive single mother, Kit has never known the identity of his father—a mystery that his wife insists he must solve to move forward with his life. Out of desperation, Kit goes to the mountain retreat of his mother’s former husband, Jasper, a take-no-prisoners outdoorsman. There, in the midst of a fierce blizzard, Kit and Jasper confront memories of the bittersweet decade when their families were joined. Reluctantly breaking a long-ago promise, Jasper connects Kit with Lucinda and Zeke Burns, who know the answer he’s looking for. Readers of Glass’s first novel, Three Junes, will recognize Lucinda as the mother of Malachy, the music critic who died of AIDS. In fact, to fully understand the secrets surrounding his paternity, Kit will travel farther still, meeting Fenno McLeod, now in his late fifties, and Fenno’s longtime companion, the gregarious Walter Kinderman.
And the Dark Sacred Night is an exquisitely memorable tale about the youthful choices that steer our destinies, the necessity of forgiveness, and the risks we take when we face down the shadows from our past.
In a historic farmhouse outside Boston, seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling happily into retirement: reading novels, watching old movies, and swimming naked in his pond. His routines are disrupted, however, when he is persuaded to let a locally beloved preschool take over his barn. As Percy sees his rural refuge overrun by children, parents, and teachers, he must reexamine the solitary life he has made in the three decades since the sudden death of his wife. No longer can he remain aloof from his community, his two grown daughters, or, to his shock, the precarious joy of falling in love.
One relationship Percy treasures is the bond with his oldest grandchild, Robert, a premed student at Harvard. Robert has long assumed he will follow in the footsteps of his mother, a prominent physician, but he begins to question his ambitions when confronted by a charismatic roommate who preaches—and begins to practice—an extreme form of ecological activism, targeting Boston’s most affluent suburbs.
Meanwhile, two other men become fatefully involved with Percy and Robert: Ira, a gay teacher at the preschool, and Celestino, a Guatemalan gardener who works for Percy’s neighbor, each one striving to overcome a sense of personal exile. Choices made by all four men, as well as by the women around them, collide forcefully on one lovely spring evening, upending everyone’s lives, but none more radically than Percy’s.
With equal parts affection and satire, Julia Glass spins a captivating tale about the loyalties, rivalries, and secrets of a very particular family. Yet again, she plumbs the human heart brilliantly, dramatically, and movingly.