By Jeffrey Lent
On the shut of the Civil battle, weary veteran Malcolm Hopeton returns to his domestic in western long island country to discover his spouse and employed guy lacking and his farm in disrepair. A double homicide ensues, the repercussions of which ripple via a group with non secular roots within the moment nice Awakening. Hopeton has long past from the horrors of warfare to these a long way worse, and arrayed round him are a number of alternative humans suffering to make experience of his crime. between them is Enoch Stone, the legal professional for the group, whose non secular commitment is subverted by way of his lust for strength; August Swarthout, whose spouse has left earthly time and whose eye is decided on eternity; and a boy who needs to straddle worlds as he reveals his personal fact and power. continually there's love and the reminiscence of love—as haunting because the American Eden that Jeffrey Lent has so exquisitely rendered during this unforgettable novel.
A Slant of sunshine is a unique of earthly excitement and deep love, of loss and warfare, of prophets and fans, of robbery and revenge, in an American second the place a possible golden age has been shattered. this is often Jeffrey Lent on his domestic floor and on the peak of his powers.
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It is a matter not of myself but of others, as you will understand quickly. ” The young artist Trudi had been one of the teachers at Freddi’s school in Berlin, and her style was not to be mistaken. If Lanny had been a discreet person, if he had learned thoroughly the lessons which life was apparently trying to teach him, he would have put this little drawing away in a portfolio with other art treasures, including a sketch of himself by Jacovleff and several by John Sargent; as for the letter, he would have torn it into small pieces and sent them down into those sewers of Paris which have been so vividly described in Les Miserables.
Lanny had promised to drive him some forty miles to the fashionable school where Marceline Detaze was a boarder, to bring the girl over for Sunday. He was fond of this eager intelligent youth and ready to do his share in helping along the match which he had suggested when the two babies had made their appearance in a world torn by universal war. Beauty’s daughter had been left fatherless a few months after her birth, and Rick’s son had very nearly become a half-orphan before his eyes saw the light.
If he didn’t think it worth while, he would turn and talk to someone else. Irma thought him one of the best-informed men she had ever met, and sometimes she cited him to her husband as an authority. ” She loved the respectful tenants who always tipped their hats to her if they were men and “bobbed” if they were women. She wished that Lanny could be dignified, instead of bohemian, meeting all sorts of riffraff, rubbing elbows with “radicals” in smoke-filled cafes and letting them argue with and even ridicule him.
A Slant of Light by Jeffrey Lent