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.