Winner of the 2010 BMO Winterset Award
When retiree Keith O''Reilly witnesses the murder of his neighbour
by a pizza delivery man one night during a snowstorm, a unique
series of stories begins to unfold. As the narrative seamlessly
moves from neighbour to neighbour, house to house, the reader
begins to understand, not only the circumstances that led to the
murder, but the private secrets and personal struggles of many of
the McKay Street residents.
Travelling through the changing viewpoints of a more than a dozen
of people in a small residential neighbourhood in St. John''s,
Newfoundland, The Glass Harmonica looks at the way common
memories and shared experiences bend and warp as individuals recall
the events of their lives, and how these distortions influence both
the character''s and the reader''s understanding of the truth.