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Violet Turner, owner of Hourglass Vintage, a store in Madison, Wisconsin, anchors this debut about the transformative power of female friendship. Each item of clothing in the shop has a rich history, which is why Violet loves vintage clothing so much; her own past, however, with a failed marriage to an alcoholic man, she’s happy to forget. Two other women rotate around Violet and Hourglass Vintage: Amithi, from India, who has just learned of her husband’s affair, and April, a pregnant 18-year-old, mourning the loss of her mother. Both assist Violet as she attempts to raise enough money to buy the shop and prevent developers from converting the building into condos. At the start of each chapter, a vintage item is described—for instance, “White nightgown with the tags still on it. Flutter sleeves. Rosebud embroidery along the square neckline”—which is then woven into the upcoming narrative. Swap the vintage-clothing device for knitting, and you have Kate Jacobs’ The Friday Night Knitting Club (2007), which means Gloss should have a built-in fan base for this book-club-worthy story of redemption, healing, and love. --Ann Kelley

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“…This novel is sure to please fans of women’s fiction who enjoy an engaging story filled with plucky characters and second acts.” (Library Journal)

“…Gloss should have a built-in fan base for this book-club-worthy story of redemption, healing, and love.” (Booklist)

“A wonderfully engaging story complete with the true essence of sisterhood.” (Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times bestselling author of Big Girl Panties)

“A colorful and charming novel, filled with tenderness for women and friendship. Susan Gloss writes about clothes in such loving detail that every page read like a literary wardrobe makeover…a delicious combination.” (Susanna Daniel, author of Sea Creatures)

“Susan Gloss has conjured up a generous and welcoming world—and the women of Violet’s beloved vintage shop have plenty of grit to go with their glamour.” (Michelle Wildgen, author of Bread and Butter)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006227032X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062270320
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Susan Gloss is the author of the novel VINTAGE (William Morrow/Harper Collins). She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in English and Spanish, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives on Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin, with her optimistic husband, young son, and neurotic hound dog.

Customer Reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, the characters and the story line.
Suzytoons
Loved this story of three women and the power of friendship that can overcome any challenges.
Hannah L. Smith
The author does a great job of smoothly weaving together the characters, plot, and setting.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kgloss on April 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have given this book a 5 star rating because:
The vintage shop and walking neighborhoods of Madison, Wisconsin lead you right into the lives of the characters. Each vintage piece of clothing brings you into the delights & dilemmas of the memorable characters. The characters come from different generations, cultures, and occupations, but they are connected by their daily connections in the shop, the neighborhoods, and their care for one another. Once you start this book, you cannot put it down. It engages you and it is a wonderful book club selection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on April 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely adored this quiet, sweet book. This is one of those books that will absolutely steal your heart. I’m not entirely sure where it stole mine (but I suspect it was in one of Violet’s chapters).

As I said when I previewed this, I am not a huge fan of fashion but this book made me wish that I were. It makes me want to find a vintage store and start dressing like I’m on Mad Men.

But while the clothes and the shop were like a character in the novel in their own right, I absolutely fell in love with Violet, April and Amithi. All three women face serious difficulties but you can tell the entire time that they’ll be fine in the end. They are strong women, and it was so nice to read about women who didn’t need to be rescued.

Every character in this feels like people you would know. A lot of times, it seems more like there are a few main characters that are fully fleshed out on the page and then minor ones like Generic Friend #2 and Neighbor Kid Who Cuts The Grass. That’s not true in this book. Every person I met felt like I could reasonably expect to meet them in real life.

I loved this book and I already miss it.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LisaLynne on April 13, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a charming book and I enjoyed the way Gloss told her tale - bits of back-story bundled up with the interesting items on her vintage shop shelves. But what really struck me is that this is really a book about strong women, dealing with their own lives and their own problems. In some cases those problems were caused by the men in their lives, but these women were getting past all that, building their lives and careers and taking care of themselves. It was really a hopeful story about women making choices and the power of good friends.

I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book and reviewed it on my website, Alive on the Shelves [...]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Javalyn on April 15, 2014
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Charming, elegant, and relevant. I loved each of the trio in the sisterhood of protagonists. The story is conveyed in the alternating voices of diverse cultures and generations and each chapter opens with an inventory item introduction. The strands of independence and interdependence, and the beauty and strength of womanhood are deftly interwoven to produce a literary tapestry. Vintage is a treasure I will share and savor for years to come!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This was an entirely unexpected treat of a novel. I love romance, sci-fi and speculative fiction novels and I usually only merely `like' this sort of book. However, this novel just surpassed my expectations of what this type of fiction usually is and left me wanting more.

This is a charming, engaging read with well-fleshed characters and what is, for me at least, a fresh approach to the genre.

Three generations of women - one of which is a fine line between American and Indian, meet in a vintage clothing shop owned by our protagonist Violet. All three women are suffering from problems ranging from betrayal to an unplanned pregnancy, to a loss of her business. Although Violet is faced with the possibility of losing her shop, there are bigger issues that trouble her.

This book is filled with second chances and some happy endings. The fact that not all the endings are entirely happy made this such a realistic and pleasant read.

I do believe that I will be searching for more books by this author and then having a pleasant day loosing myself within these new worlds.

ARC supplied by publisher for reviewing purposes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lance Reagan Hawley on April 10, 2014
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This is a charming and engaging book. The characters are well-developed and I found myself getting lost in the story line. It is the perfect book for a weekend at the local coffee shop or on the front porch swing. The chapters are also introduced in a fun way, with short descriptions of "vintage" ware that go with each chapter. Gloss is a new author for me, but I hope she writes more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judy Vollmar on May 6, 2014
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Vintage is a nice-to-read, but not a must-read. It's the story of how four women's lives become entwined and their impact they have on one another. I rate it as a "nice-to-read" because the plot unravels as I had expected, so there really aren't any surprising or unexpected twists in the story line. I guess I would have liked greater character development, but maybe it wasn't really needed in this short novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anna on April 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favorite kind of novels-- one that tells the story of female friendship, and women investing in other women. I found the characters believable and likable right from the beginning. I found myself wanting to hop in my car and take a road trip to Madison, Wisconsin to walk among the charming, quirky streets that the author, Susan Gloss, describes.
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