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The Glass Wives: A Novel Paperback – May 14, 2013
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“Nathan, host of the popular Women's Fiction Writer's blog, proves she knows her audience as her first novel hits all the right notes . . . Jodi Picoult fans will appreciate the surprising twists embedded in this thought-provoking narrative.” ―Booklist
“Nathan's story is a poignant reflection of forgiveness and the complicated definition of family, strengthened by the intricate characters who are realistically balanced by their strengths and flaws . . . the plot and characters are heart-warming and the ending is inspiring and thought-provoking.” ―RT Book Reviews
“The outcome of this unusual tale may come as a surprise, but Nathan's genuine, beautifully descriptive prose and her knack for creating a realistic portrait of an untraditional albeit loving family are refreshing.” ―Shelf Awareness
“Reading The Glass Wives is like driving down a familiar street and having one of the houses you thought you knew open up on hinges to reveal its secrets. Nathan firmly but with good humor peels back the layers of suburban "normal" to reveal ethical ambiguity under a publicly rigid moral code and tenuous bonds between strangers under strict definitions of family. Evie Glass is the neighbor you want to know all about, and her story is told with charm and frankness to create an illustration of friendship and motherhood that feels very real.” ―Lydia Netzer, author of Shine, Shine, Shine
“In The Glass Wives, Amy Sue Nathan examines what it means to build an unconventional family when the original families shatter suddenly and irreparably into pieces. Nathan's adept writing, wry humor, and authentic emotion carried me effortlessly from the beginning of this tender and hopeful debut novel to its satisfying end.” ―Julie Kibler, author of Calling Me Home
“Rich in authenticity and detail, The Glass Wives addresses the softening that happens when we let go of the past, and the strength that ensues when we face the present on our own terms.” ―Sandra Kring, author of The Book of Bright Ideas
“With extraordinary empathy, Amy Sue Nathan explores a blended group of friends and relatives we've not seen before. In Evie Glass, Nathan has given us a woman who learns that sometimes it's the imperfect relationships that can knit a troubled family back together. THE GLASS WIVES is brimming with heart and humor.” ―Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer's Daughters
More About the Author
I've been blogging since 2006, and launched the award-winning Women's Fiction Writers blog in March 2011. I teach workshops for Writers Digest University and freelance as a fiction editor and writing coach. My stories and essays have appeared in print and online in over two dozen publications such as The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Parent, Writer's Digest, Huffington Post, and online in New York Times and Washington Post blogs.
I was born and raised in Philadelphia and am a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor's in Journalism (a degree I actually use). I've called the Chicago area home since the late 1990s, and am the proud mom of two grown children (my favorite oxymoron). In addition to being a writer, editor, and blogger, I'm a dog-lover, vegetarian, not-so-secret crafter, and lover of all things wine and chocolate.
I'm livin' the life. Just don't ask which one.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm having trouble deciding how I feel about this book. THE GLASS WIVES is told from the point of view of Evie Glass, who divorced Richard after he had an affair with Nicole. Nicole marries Richard, but becomes his widow after he's killed in an accident. The two women are left to raise his children - Evie has Sophie and Sam, 10-year old twins, and Nicole has an infant boy named Luca.
Both women are struggling financially with loss of support and delays in life insurance benefits. Nicole suggests that she and the baby move in with Evie and the twins. At first Evie is turned off by the idea. She was hoping that Richard's death meant his mistress/widow would be out of their lives for good. But there's no way to make the mortgage payment without extra help - at least until she can find a full-time job, so she agrees.
THE GLASS WIVES is a poignant look at an unlikely group of people forced to redefine family after a life changing event. I enjoyed how the story played out, with some surprising revelations along the way. Evie's character grew as she was compelled to forgive the unforgivable, and learn to trust again.
So what am I struggling with? None of the adult characters in this book were particularly likable, and I had a hard time connecting with them. I think the pacing of the plot was slow because I wasn't always engaged with the characters. I was also disappointed that Nicole's character wasn't fleshed out more. Since she was a huge part of the equation, I wanted to know her better and hear her side of the story.
I could sympathize with Evie more, though I never saw Nicole as the villain. I believe they handled the situation as best they could, in a way that would be best for their children. THE GLASS WIVES was a thought-provoking book, one that made me wonder what I would do in the same situation.
THE GLASS WIVES explores the ups and downs of both sides of divorce with a twist; Richard Glass is no longer physically present. His ex-wife and 10 year old twins Sophie and Sam and his widow and ten month old son Luca are left to put the pieces of their lives back together. Nicole wants to keep the family together because Luca, Sophie, and Sam are close. Evie would prefer to have Nicole out of her life. Financial difficulties for both women after Richard's death force them to consider a quite unusual solution.
I greatly enjoyed reading THE GLASS WIVES and highly recommend it.
In her debut novel, the author looks closely at family relationships, close friendship and what happens if you "step outside the box". As a result, some unusual and controversial decisions are made by the two main characters, Evie and Nicole, which lead to the breakdown and rebuilding of friendships and family structure. Amy Sue Nathan also delved into the issues of trust and forgiveness throughout the course of the story.
To my surprise, I enjoyed this novel. I am not a great fan of so-called "women's fiction", but the author developed the characters with insight and the pace was good. I would be interested to read more by Amy Sue Nathan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a predictable but nice story. It's great for passing a lazy afternoon.Published 26 days ago by Biddy Mulligan
This is a very good, heartwarming, and caring story of two women who against all odds find a way to get along and live together for the sake of the kids.Published 1 month ago by Sarah Chapman
A hard to imagine story about two women who were married to the same man whose lives intertwine as they share a house and their children to the surprise of Evie's friends and Evie... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carol Boyer
I found this to be a little light and not too compelling.....sort of chick lit, but not even quite there. I guess I would say I wouldn't really recommend Ito anyone..... Read morePublished 4 months ago by G. Curcio
How can a divorced woman come to grips with the death of her ex-husband--the father of her young twins? Child support gone, her future uncertain, Evie Glass has a lot on her plate. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charles G. Campbell
The Glass Wives is tender and these, warm and confused and just the right mix of great story-telling and compelling characters.Published 7 months ago by Barbara Deane
I received this book as a gift from my son for Mother's Day. It was pretty good and it was an easy read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by MsNani