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Dancing on Broken Glass Paperback – March 13, 2012
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"In a world of Nicholas Sparks wannabes, there are an infinite number of ways to get a tear-jerking romance wrong. Ka Hancock’s lovely, heartbreaking debut novel, Dancing On Broken Glass, shows off one great way to get it right. ... She grounds her emotionally wrenching situations in beautifully detailed characters—including the amazing interplay between Lucy and her two sisters—and uses her background in nursing to provide compelling texture for the medical dramas. As those characters struggle to understand the connection between love and mortality, Hancock fills her pages with a rich, optimistic spirituality that never feels oppressive. Get ready for a good, cleansing cry built on real, tangled humanity rather than forced tragedy."
—Salt Lake City Weekly
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Let's start with a critical analysis and break down the text: First, the writing was really good. Like, Dianne Dixon good, or JK Rowling good. It was filled with flowing and descriptive prose and beautiful metaphors. I could probably write a ten-page paper on some of the literary themes in this novel. It wasn't just fiction for the sake of the story: There was so much beauty about the meaning of life and love and commitment and... well, I'll let you read it.
The pacing was excellent. The very first sentence caught me by the hair and dragged me the whole way through the book. I read most of it in one setting, stopping only to readjust the pillow behind my back.
Now for the really important stuff:
The characters in Dancing on Broken Glass were so epic that I truly didn't want this book to end. They were so wonderful, but so terribly and humanly flawed, just like real people are, that I feel like if I saw Mickey or Lily on the street, I'd recognize them right away.
And boy did I relate to some of these characters!
The ending was just superb. It was heartbreaking, but I knew it was destined from the moment I started reading. It was so perfect and fulfilling that it was worth all the emotional turmoil the rest of the novel put me through.
On that note, it wasn't one of those books that are so hard to read that you can only take it in small doses or that it makes you cry, or extremely emotional readers can't handle it. Nor did it have any offensive language or sex scenes (okay there was some mention of sex, but it wasn't explicit in any way). In fact, it was one of the least offensive novels I've read in a very long time. We're talking years.Read more ›
Overall, I liked the book. It was a good story and that is what I needed. I chose it to help me get through a long airplane ride across eleven time zones, and it worked well for that purpose. It held my attention and kept me entertained despite continual interruptions. Yes, it is a tearjerker...but I have to say that even I, a dyed-in-the-wool highbrow literature lover, enjoy that genre once in a while.
Basically, it is a story where almost all the action and dialog deals with relationships. You intimately get to know the two main characters, Lucy and Mickey. Mickey is the one with the mood disorder. But the book also focuses just as keenly on the very close relationships between Lucy and her two sisters. Add onto this the overwhelmingly supporting, and special relationships that both Lucy and Mickey have with their doctors, neighbors, and friends in the community, and you get a little village of ideal loving humanity...and that gets to the heart of this book. The (fictional) township of Brinley, Connecticut, becomes a significant character in this novel.Read more ›
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This was a very emotional read ! The author does a great job helping you to really know all the characters and their relationships to each other ! Read morePublished 1 day ago by lee duke
One of the BEST novels I ever read. Couldn't put it down and was very emotional at times. Highly recommended this book to all.Published 2 days ago by hansensturmb
What and amazing story. How could you not fall in love with the characters.Published 5 days ago by Peggy T OBrien
Great book about love and fighting life's battles! I couldn't put it down. Very well written. Can't wait to read another by this author.Published 12 days ago by Donna Revellese
Loved it. Out of my usual genre, but I loved reading it. The content and writers style.Published 13 days ago by sweett588
This book is beautifully written by an amazing author. I am so thankful that I've found this book. I have LITERALLY FALLEN IN LOVE with it. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Cr8zy2Read
Only mediocre writing for what could have been a beautifully sad love story. I felt Hancock was trying to educate her readers on bi polar disease more than entertain.Published 1 month ago by Literal Hottie