The Year of Broken Glass follows struggling crab fisherman Francis “Ferris” Wishbone’s journey across the Pacific Ocean to deliver a legendary glass fishing float to an enigmatic, high-paying collector. Against a backdrop of worldwide seismic devastation, Ferris is forced to confront increasing concern for his two families–his wife Anna and their son Willow, and his girlfriend Jin Su and their baby daughter Emily–as well as pervasive feelings of disappointment and disillusionment. In the midst of his contemplation, he becomes entangled in both a romantic affair with his travelling companion and an ancient legend that seems to offer the possibility of redemption.
Denham’s poetic background is evident in the novel’s vivid imagery and thematic complexity, yet in his transition to prose he has also succeeded in crafting a unique, unpredictable plot and intriguing, sincerely rendered characters.
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