Still Time

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 memorizingRomeo and Juliet and half a dozen other plays as a student to his evangelical zeal as a professor, John’s 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 what’s going on around him, John’s knowledge of the plays helps him make sense of his fractured world.

Yet, when his only child, Miranda—with whom he has not spoken since a devastating misunderstanding a decade ago—comes 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.

Meet the Author

JEAN HEGLAND is the author of the novels Into the Forest and WindfallsInto 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.

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