When Roy Trench is killed in a drunken prank long past fallacious, his brother Lewis sees blood at the arms of the fellow dependable: the abusive alcoholic, Eli Fagan. even though the courts rule the dying an twist of fate, the development opens a seam of hate among the 2 households of Knife's aspect, Newfoundland.
Desperate to smother the painful previous with love, Lewis marries Wilda, and the excitement he is taking of their teenagers -- Melvin and Toby -- recollects the happier days of his early life with Roy. yet as he watches his small kinfolk fracture, the darkness of the previous starts off to cloud the current, best Lewis again to Eli Fagan -- and his watchful stepson, Garrett Glass.
In the fashion of Newfoundland literature, demonstrated by way of Michael Crummey and Lisa Moore, Glass Boys is the haunting tale of an unforgivable crime that brings households to the brink.
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