An exhilarating, provocative read, THE WEIGHT OF GLASS by Stuart Heatherington is about sins of the fathers, the ineffective love of a mother, and the destruction of a family. It is about child abuse, violent and sexual, spanning generations, leaving children maimed as adults and chained to the wheel of learned behavior. It is about truth buried in the mists of memory until a murder uncorks the dregs of what Lee Macon tried for most of his life to conceal from himself.
In the wake of their sister’s murder, Amy and Lee, two of the four children, meet and as they reminisce, the story of their family’s dark secrets unfolds. Interleaved in this present are parts of Amy’s memoir, an attempt to understand the terror of her childhood, as well as Lee’s reflections leading to self discovery, albeit imperfect, and a revelation that is central to the novel’s meaning. If the plot is at times complex and cyclical, the story is straightforward and suspenseful.
THE WEIGHT OF GLASS is explicit, sometimes shocking, and not for the faint of heart. But if the book’s language is direct, it is also lyrical, a feast so sumptuous that at times, its beauty left me breathless.
I will not soon forget the beauty of the South Carolina shore, a backdrop for most of the book or scenes involving Amy and her preacher stepfather or his fire and brimstone words or the spiders or the burials. I recommend THE WEIGHT OF GLASS to all adults interested in lyricism and suspense.
My Rating: 5 Stars
About the Author
Stuart Heatherington lives in Chapel Hill, NC with his wife and three sons, where he writes full-time. He is working on his next novel MARK OF POWER, a political thriller. He is also developing a sequel to THE WEIGHT OF GLASS.
THE WEIGHT OF GLASS is available in paperback and ebook.
THE WEIGHT OF GLASS
COPYRIGHT © 2010 Stuart Heatherington