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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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I felt like I should take out a violin and play it during the reading of this book. Way over the top in sentiment. Just did not feel like it was for real. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely LOVED this book. It is one of the best I've read in a long time and I do a lot of reading. So different from other books out there and so well written. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L Kutujian
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This book was beautifully written and had many "oh wow" moments. Ka's way of bringing you into the characters' state of mind was incredible. Beautiful beautiful ending. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book. Mamy different elements incorporated in the book, could not put it down.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I've now read this book twice and I honestly can't begin to explain what it has done to my heart. My reread was filled with just as many emotions as my initial read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Crysti Perry
Well written story, interesting perspectives and subject matter. Loved this book.Published 2 months ago by L. Goff
Did not like the book at all! It was so bad that I never finished reading itPublished 2 months ago by jamie jones