Skylight Confessions

Skylight Confessions

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On the night her father dies, Arlyn is certain that the man she is meant to be with will walk into her life, but fate seems to be playing a trick when John Moody knocks on her door to ask for directions. Cool, practical, and deliberate, John is dreamy Arlyn's polar opposite. Yet the two are drawn powerfully together even when it is clear they are bound to bring each other grief. Their marriage is dangerous territory, tracing a map no one should follow. It leads them and their children to a house made of glass in the Connecticut countryside, to the rooftops and avenues of Manhattan, and to the blue waters of Long Island Sound, all in a search for family and identity.
Publisher: [New York] : Hachette Audiobooks, 2007.
ISBN: 9781594836138
Additional Contributors: Winningham, Mare

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Mar 31, 2014

0 stars. This novel is a journey through three generations of one family. In one moment, two characters make a decision that changes the course of their lives and the lives of their offspring.
Arlyn's father has just passed away. Arlyn is a red-headed, freckle-faced girl with the innocence of a child and a soul as old as the sea. After the funeral and wake, Arlyn promises herself she will belong to the next man that walks through her door. In walks practical John Moody, lost on the way to a party. He took a wrong turn. This wrong turn intertwines him to Arlyn in a way that makes no sense but can't be controlled. He later comes to his senses, but it's too late. The rest of the book is about the heartbreaking life Arlyn and John make with each other and with their children. It seems impossible that this couple chose each other. John doesn't take much interest in her or their son. Arlie reacts to his disinterest stoically, taking another lover and focusing on the son she loves so desperately. John recognizes his failure as a husband and father, but he can't seem to change his behavior. When a tragic death occurs in the family, a ghost haunts the ones who are left behind. A great deal of the book deals with Sam, their son, an unhappy boy that seems drawn to destruction and can't help but spiral down into addiction. When he is little, Arlyn tells him of the stories she learned from her seaman father of a winged people that lived near the sea. These stories plant themselves in Sam's mind and manifest themselves in dangerous ways, such as when he stands on the roof of his house, feeling the desire to jump and take flight. Ultimately, it falls to their grandson, Will, to solve the emotional puzzle of his family and of his own identity. ***** I hated the book and its characters. I could see no lessons learned or lives redeemed. I do not appreciate "magical / ghostly" themes. I don't understand the purpose of writing a book like this. It seems like a contest - I can write a more depressing, pointless book than you can. An addicted son is not helped, but simply supported financially. Infidelity if fine. I don't have one good thing to say about this book. Needless to say, I do not recommend it!!

May 28, 2010

Beautifully written, beautifully read. Haunting. Sad.

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