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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
Top Customer Reviews
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 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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The title alone drew me into this book. This is a story about friends, family, and community. It explores love and loss in such a real-life voice that I almost felt I was sitting... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathy
This is a predictable but nice story. It's great for passing a lazy afternoon.Published 6 months 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 6 months 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 9 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 10 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 12 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 13 months ago by Barbara Deane