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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250016568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250016560
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nathan, host of the popular Women’s Fiction Writer’s blog, proves she knows her audience as her first novelhits all the right notes. When Evie Glass’ ex-husband dies suddenly, she recognizes that his death will exact a tremendous emotional and economic toll on her and her two young children. What she is not immediately aware of, however, is the effect the shattering event will have on her relationship with the second Mrs. Glass. Nicole, the recently widowed trophy wife and new mother, stubbornly continues to attempt to connect with Evie and her kids, and Evie initially resists her overtures. When financial circumstances dictate that the two women join households, she and her nontraditional family must not only learn to navigate negative suburban gossip but also deal with their feelings of abandonment, entitlement, and betrayal. Jodi Picoult fans will appreciate the surprising twists embedded in this thought-provoking narrative. --Margaret Flanagan

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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

 


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Amy Sue Nathan has written a touching and life-affirming debut novel.
Shelle Sumners
This is the story of two families brought together by tragedy, and learning what family really is all about.
Alice Davis
I loved this book and read it in 3 days; I simply couldn't put it down.
Shelly Marks

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Marks on May 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
I loved this book and read it in 3 days; I simply couldn't put it down. I laughed and I cried while reading this well written story. I loved the descriptive writing and especially loved the characters. Nathan presents us with a new way to look at accepting people and valuing family and friends. The Glass Wives is well worth a read-you won't be dissapointed!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Renee Rosen on May 14, 2013
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I've been anticipating this novel for over a year now and it was well worth the wait. From page one you know you're in the hands of skillful writer and storyteller. The Glass Wives is a beautiful and touching debut. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book of Secrets VINE VOICE on June 14, 2013
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SOURCE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Tailele on May 14, 2013
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I could wait for this to come out, and I was not disappointed. Touching and poignant, going to recommend for my book club
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Thomas on May 15, 2013
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"The Glass Wives" by Amy Sue Nathan is a story of the restructuring of a family's life, following the death of Richard Glass, who was husband of one Mrs Glass and ex-husband of another.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle James on May 14, 2013
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Amy Sue Nathan's debut novel THE GLASS WIVES is the story of an unconventional family and the two women who were at different times married to Richard Glass, who was killed in a terrible car accident. Can these two women, Evie, the former wife, and the widow Nicole, overcome their differences? Evie and Nicole each has a lot of issues they need to come to terms with before that can occur. There are secrets to be told and battles to be fought.
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelle Sumners on July 15, 2013
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I have thought a lot about this book since I read it. I cared so much for Evie Glass, the main character in The Glass Wives, because in spite of having a bitterly wounded heart, she couldn't help but LOVE--even the person who seemed to perhaps be her greatest enemy. Amy Sue Nathan has written a touching and life-affirming debut novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Thatcher Murcia, author of Seeking Saúl on July 6, 2013
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I read this book in under 24 hours and I consider the time well spent. The main character, a woman whose ex-husband dies in a car wreck, is compelling and smart and funny -- and ultimately very human. I loved the way the story unfolded to reveal bizarre and yet believable complications of the father's death. The protagonist perseveres and keeps the importance of her children's equilibrium as her top priority leading to a very satisfying ending.
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