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The Glass Wives: A Novel by [Nathan, Amy Sue]
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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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  • File Size: 1218 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 14, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LRWJMA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,665 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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One of the most anticipated novels this summer is Amy Sue Nathan's, THE GLASS WIVES. I first read about it in "Writer's Digest." I got caught up in all the advance buzz and couldn't wait until it was released and I zapped it onto my kindle. I was so intrigued by the premise of the storyline. I mean really, consider this: the ex and former-wives of a man creating a family after he's killed? I thought nearly every configuration of the family dynamic had been explored. The one I remember throwing me for a loop last year was THE UNDERSIDE OF JOY by Sere Prince Halverson. It was a beautifully written novel and the family situation was extremely complicated.

In THE GLASS WIVES, Richard Glass' ex-wife, Evie Glass and her 10-year old twins Sophie and Sam are awkwardly united with his former mistress and now current wife, Nicole Glass, and her 10-month old son, Luca. They are brought together after he is killed in a car accident and begin talking about the past and soon the future during the family mourning period of Shiva. It's uncomfortable at first because Evie and the twins are Jewish, and Nicole isn't but wants her son to get to know his relatives traditions. The group setting is also uncomfortable and probably mostly, because Evie's relatives and friends remember Nicole breaking up her marriage to Richard.

Once Shiva is over, Evie realizes with Richard's passing she is financially in over head. She realizes she won't be able to continue to just work part-time and continue the lifestyle her children are used to.. At the same time, Nicole recognizes she doesn't need all the room in the big house she shared with Richard and Luca, so she makes a proposal to Evie. At first, Evie, her friends, neighbors, everyone thinks Nicole is crazy.
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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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Richard Glass died. He leaves behind a wife named Nicole and a baby son named Luca. He also leaves behind an ex-wife named Evie and pre-teen twins named Sophie and Sam.

Life is complicated. How do you deal with this mess? Sophie and Sam love their little brother Luca. There is NO love between Evie and Nicole. Richard moved into Nicole’s apartment the night he left Evie. Obviously there are going to be some difficult feelings there.

Nicole is young. (Aren’t they always?) And now, aside from Luca, Nicole is alone. But not really, because Sophie, Sam and Evie are family, aren’t they? Would it be fair to separate the children when they’ve already suffered such a loss?

What would you do? How would you cope?

THE GLASS WIVES is an interesting twist on what happens when family gets messy and complicated. Author Amy Sue Nathan takes a situation that is horrible in and of itself and turns it inside out. She gives us characters that are believe it or not, believable. I thought that I’d always be on one side of the issue, until I wasn’t. And then it twisted again. There are some very well managed fringe characters in this book. I loved Evie’s friends Beth and Laney (most of the time). And there were times when I wanted to cheer for Evie and other times when I wanted to slap her. And Nicole~~she’s such a multilayered character. Don’t just see her surface. Wait for it~~there’s more to her than meets the eye...kind of like all of us.
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