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Vigil Harbor by Julia Glass
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Apr 25, 2023 | ISBN 9781101873588

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“Sprawling and engrossing. . . . Glass is a masterful builder of fictional people, an expert at charting the architecture of entire lives. . . . Vigil Harbor transcends the mood of collective but cloistered worry and becomes a novel about what remains.” The New York Times Book Review
“A richly imagined world . . . the passionate, mysterious, and mysteriously passionate characters in Julia Glass’s new novel, Vigil Harbor, . . . [create] an intimate and satisfying tableau of humanity . . . [with] felicitous attention to the nuances of small town life, from the pleasure found in pageantry to the nearly mythic status of longtime teachers. But ultimately this is a story about people, about understanding and acceptance, about love and violence, and about how no matter where we live, we need each other, especially when times are tough.” —Boston Globe

“An engrossing, richly drawn and exquisitely told story of small-town residents grappling with the difficulties of changing times.” People, Book of the Week

“In her new novel, Julia Glass gathers a combustible cast of characters, places them ten years from now, and strikes a match. Fast-paced, immersive, and imaginatively daring, Vigil Harbor is a brave look at our climate perils, our political moment, and our deep dependence on one another.” —Lily King, author of Writers & Lovers
“Julia Glass gives us exactly what we need during these trans-apocalyptic times, a novel of heart and humanity set against the growing insanity. I ate it up.” —Gary Shteyngart, author of Our Country Friends

Vigil Harbor is a gripping work of the imagination, its place and ensemble cast both familiar and wonderfully uncanny.  Julia Glass’s virtuosity has a sweeping, almost tidal quality befitting the landscape of the harbor itself—I found myself in awe at the ease with which she moves across both time and minds.” —Daniel Mason, author of The Winter Soldier
“This novel has it all: a vibrant and unforgettable cast of characters, an evocative setting, and a plot full of secrets and surprises. Glass gives us her signature wit and wisdom about the world we live in now (and where we might be headed if we’re not careful). A must-read.” —J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Friends and Strangers

“A novelist of fluid compassion adept at creating plots anchored in the ordinary but driven into disaster, Glass adds a drop of mythology to the whirl of this intricately suspenseful story. With sorrow and humor, beauty and fury rendered in prose as exquisitely nuanced and mutable as the seacoast setting, Glass dramatizes the psychic toll of climate change.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Glass reveals the state of the world using one small coastal community, Vigil Harbor . . . Deftly weaving together eight intersecting stories, Glass offers fiction steeped in current events that her loyal followers will appreciate.” —Donna Bettencourt, Library Journal

“An insular Massachusetts coastal town finds the world’s woes at its doorstep . . . As the story progresses via no less than eight narrators, each sharply individualized, we are reminded that eventually the bizarre becomes normal … But Glass’s sharply drawn portraits of people coping as best they can with a world in crisis will convince most readers to go along happily for the ride. Provocative themes, strong characterizations, and propulsive storytelling combine for another great read from Glass.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“National Book Award winner Glass (A House Among the Trees) adds mystery and adventure to an engrossing near-future story of the perils of climate change … As the story unfolds, Glass skillfully ratchets up the tension … leading to a satisfying conclusion. Both nightmarish and enjoyable, this will have readers hooked for the long haul.” —Publishers Weekly

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