A Slant of Light

  • by Jeffrey Lent
  • Narrated by Stephen McLaughlin
  • 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At the close of the Civil War, weary veteran Malcolm Hopeton returns to his home in Western New York State to find his wife and hired man missing and his farm in disrepair. A double murder ensues, the repercussions of which ripple through a community with spiritual roots in the Second Great Awakening. Hopeton has gone from the horrors of war to those far worse, and arrayed around him are a host of other people struggling to make sense of his crime. Among them is Enoch Stone, the lawyer for the community, whose spiritual dedication is subverted by his lust for power; August Swarthout, whose wife has left earthly time and whose eye is set on eternity; and a boy who must straddle two worlds as he finds his own truth and strength. Always there is love and the memory of love - as haunting as the American Eden that Jeffrey Lent has so exquisitely rendered in this unforgettable novel.
A Slant of Light is a novel of earthly pleasure and deep love, of loss and war, of prophets and followers, of theft and revenge, in an American moment where a seemingly golden age has been shattered. This is Jeffrey Lent on his home ground and at the height of his powers.


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A real treat, but the ending....grr!

Would you listen to A Slant of Light again? Why?

I would if I knew there would be more to the story. It seemed to end at a point that made you wonder if you had only been listening to part one.

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One of the best of the year, but be prepared to be a bit dumbfounded at the end.

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- Christine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-07-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury