Skylight Confessions Paperback
On the night that Arlyn Singer's father dies, she is certain her destiny will find her.
Then John Moody shows up at her door, with no inkling that the tall, red-haired girl he has asked for directions will haunt him for the rest of his life.
Years later, Arlyn is gone, leaving her children, Sam and Blanca, alone with their distant father in the glass house they have made their home.
Meredith Weiss is drawn to the troubled family and sets out to try and save them.
But will her devotion be enough to pull them back from the fate they seem to have chosen for themselves?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/02/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099488842
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Review by elliepotten
Another enchanting and magical, yet poignantly bittersweet, novel from Hoffman. John and Arlie fall in love in a misguided haze of youth. After a spell trapped in an increasingly meaningless marriage Arlie rebels against the way her life has turned out, then tragically falls ill. With Arlie gone life spirals downwards for those who surrounded her: John is haunted by the memory of his beautiful wife, his son Sam is going off the rails and little Blanca is just tripping along trying to make sense of everything. Then Meredith enters their lives, strangely drawn into their problems and determined to rescue them from themselves. A few years later, the children are grown and life has moved on yet again…In the same vein as 'Blackbird House', the novel's poignancy lies in its beautiful observations of life through the generations, as characters we come to care deeply about grow, live, love, and die. Folklore and magic weave through the storyline but never grow cloying, as this spirituality lies twisted within the experiences of the characters rather than being thrown in our faces as a narrative element.In short, another wonderful novel - my second favourite Hoffman so far, after the masterpiece that is 'The Ice Queen'. Highly recommended!