by Alice Hoffman


On the night of her father’s funeral, Arlyn Singer falls into bed with a lost traveler, believing that fate has brought them together. Her relationship with the budding architect sours, but they remain in a loveless marriage, living in a stifling house of windows that they call “The Glass Slipper.” The two have a son, Sam, who is destined to self-destruct, and a daughter, Blanca, whose paternity remains a secret even after Arlyn’s early death. Hoffman’s 17th novel follows the familiar arc of a fairy tale, but her swift, lyrical prose and keen understanding of human desire make Skylight Confessions both universal and contemporary.