Thy Father’s Glass explores the complexity of familial relationships and offers hope that, in the end, acceptance and forgiveness are possible.

Dane Schottmer remembers his father, Branson, as hard, mean, and distant. He promised himself and his wife that he would never turn out like his old man. Still, for years, he held on to the hope for reconciliation, or at least an apology for all the abuse he suffered as a child. Those hopes are ruined when Alzheimer’s disease ravages his father’s memory and robs him of his personality, rapidly closing the window of opportunity for the two men to make peace.

Even worse, when Dane’s beloved mother dies, Dane is forced to move into his childhood home and care for the father who never cared for him. As grief and stress consume Dane, his mental health and his marriage suffer—until the home his family has occupied for generations intervenes in a supernatural way. Persistently and provocatively, it invites Dane to see his father for who he really is and to show Dane that he’s more like the old man than he wants to admit.

About the author(s)

Jeffray Harrison is a writer and high school English teacher from Miami, Florida, now living in Fort Lauderdale, where he daily makes superhuman efforts to transform teenagers into writers. His love for magical realism permeates his life as much as his writing, which has been published in Every Day Fiction and the Wilderness House Literary Review. When he’s not writing or teaching, he enjoys swimming, biking, and running, sometimes all in the same race. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, his four children, and his two grandchildren.