Synopses & Reviews
From the author of Into the Forest, a moving novel about memory, Shakespeare's green worlds, and the power of reconciliation.
Until John Wilson met the warm, wise woman who became his fourth wife, the object of his most intense devotion had always been the work of William Shakespeare. From his feat of memorizing Romeo and Juliet and half a dozen other plays as a student to his evangelical zeal as a professor, Johns faith in the Bard has shaped his life. But now his mental powers have been diminished by dementia, and his wife has reluctantly moved him to a residential care facility. Even there, as he struggles to understand whats going on around him, John's knowledge of the plays helps him make sense of his fractured world.
Yet, when his only child, Mirandawith whom he has not spoken since a devastating misunderstanding a decade agocomes to visit, John begins to question some of his deepest convictions. In his devotion to Shakespeare, did he lose his way? Did he wrong the child who wronged him? The story of an imperfect father and a wounded daughter's efforts to achieve some authentic connection even now, Still Time celebrates redemption and the gift of second chances. It is that rare novel that ends on a resounding note of hope, reminding us that there is always time to live fully and love deeply, so long as we are alive.
The wonderful Jean Hegland returns with a moving, beautiful story about what persists and what doesn't, about what can be repaired and what can't. This is a tale focused and personal, but also large and philosophical; and all of it infused with and guided by the great Shakespeare. Men are men; the best sometimes forget.”Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Anyone who knows only fragments of Shakespeare will be fascinated and deeply moved by this insightful story of a Shakespeare scholar experiencing dementia. Fellow Shakespeareans will delight in the way the myriad allusions to the plays are intertwined with beautifully crafted elegiac descriptions of the old man's life in a home and his dissolving family memories. Still Time is a novel Shakespeare would be proud of.” David Crystal, author of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language and Shakespeare's Words
The tone of Still Time is deceptively quiet. Why then did I read it with heart-pounding excitement? Because it is, from start to finish, a high-wire act of literary daring. Only a master could bring off this feat. Jean Hegland brings it off.” Rebecca Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex
This book is for anyone who appreciates a beautifully written, character-driven story . . . Heartbreaking in the best possible way.” Booklist, starred review
About the Author
Jean Hegland is the author of the novels Into the Forest and Windfalls. Into the Forest, a BookSense Reading Group Pick, Readers Choice Book Club Favorite, and Book of the Month Club alternative pick, has been translated into nine languages. The film version starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood is scheduled for release in fall 2015. Jean Hegland is a frequent presenter at writers' conferences and has taught creative writing for many years. Her pastimes include beekeeping and reading poetry at a local memory care facility. She lives in Healdsburg, California.