The Discovery of Light
“The Discovery of Light, J.P. Smith’s fourth novel, may be his most ambitious work so far. Smith characteristically provides a compelling, suspenseful plot featuring attempted murder, deception, suicide and adultery. But he adds another dimension in his new book: a counterplot about the nature of art and the creative spirit that is a homage to painter Jan Vermeer.... But writing a compelling, intricately woven novel of suspense and human relations does not suffice for Smith – he takes this a step further. ‘None of us deserves the banality of real life,’ he concludes on the last page. ‘For us there is only the richness of art.’ ”
—The Boston Globe
“Smith is masterful, maintaining a surface as smooth and inscrutable as Vermeer’s, toying with puzzles of perception, imagination, and truth. An arresting, erudite, and wonderfully eerie performance.”
The Discovery of Light was a 1992 Barnes & Noble Discover title. It can be purchased at Amazon.com.