Light of DayBook - 2005
Struggling to control the capricious world in which his adolescent son and he live, single father Jack Owens witnesses the unraveling of all of his careful measures and works beside an unexpected friend to make sense of the past, which is marked by his wife's abandonment and other heartbreaks. 25,000 first printing.
“An exhilarating emotional roller-coaster ride.”
“Haunting, beautifully-written, and heart-wrenching.”
With his shattering, extraordinarily affecting debut novel, Light of Day, author Jamie M. Saul made a powerful, incontrovertible statement: a major American writer had arrived on the literary scene. The author of The First Warm Evening of the Year, Saul mesmerizes with the unforgettable story of a small-town Midwestern professor struggling to come to terms with a devastating tragedy and the strange and terrible mystery at its core.
Blackwell North Amer
Respected professor and noted author Jack Owens brought his son, Danny, to Gilbert, Indiana, to escape a past and a betrayal too painful to endure elsewhere. In this quiet midwestern college town, Jack believed they'd be safe to start over - and for ten years, it appeared to be so. But on an ordinary-seeming day at the end of a semester, everything changed in an instant - a moment transformed by tragedy into the bitter realization of a parent's worst nightmare.
The world Jack thought he knew and the future he had anticipated for himself and his boy has abruptly come apart at the seams, leaving him broken and haunted by the twin, life-shattering questions Why? and What next? Redemption, however, could come with the arrival of an unexpected new friend - a local detective tormented by his own personal demons - whose world-weary sympathy and prescient understanding slowly help Jack to cope with the unacceptable.
But with healing comes clarity - and secrets best left unrevealed by the stark, glaring light of reality. For Jack Owens, the toughest road back to life winds through inhospitable country, where memory taunts and misleads ... and the shocking truth about what drove one exceptional teenager to commit an unthinkable and irreversible act hides in the shadows.