Modern Lit: Skylight Confessions, by Alice Hoffman


Skylight ConfessionsGlass houses

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Arlyn Singer is 17 years old when her father dies and she’s left on her own. On the day of his funeral, she decides to love the next man she meets. Yale student John Moody stops his car in front of her house to ask directions, and his fate is determined, “forevermore.” Skylight Confessions tells the story of Arlyn and John’s family, who reside in a famous Connecticut house designed by his father, made entirely of glass and known as “The Glass Slipper”. Alice Hoffman is known for her lyrically written plots that are threaded with magic, and in this novel, the house sets the stage. In Skylight, the recurring metaphors include getting lost and getting found, setting one’s soul free (flying), and the transcendence of love. It’s also a kind of ghost story. Often tragic, sometimes funny, but always real in spite of the magical elements, Skylight Confessions draws readers inexorably toward the finish, provoking countless thoughts and insights along the way.

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2 thoughts on “Modern Lit: Skylight Confessions, by Alice Hoffman

  1. This is one of the only Alice Hoffman books that I still haven’t read and it sounds just as wonderful as all the rest. Thank you for sharing this review. I love that the house is called “The Glass Slipper” — that intrigues me even more.

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