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Gritty, But a Great Story
on November 7, 2015
"Sweeping Up Glass" by Carolyn Wall -- 5-stars!
Wow! Yep, wow it is. This is a great novel. Yes, it's a little gritty, a bit hard on the heart and emotions to read, but it's that way because it's written with such a feeling, such emotion, that you get tied up in the story, in the characters, in the events. The depression was not a happy time.
There is some violence, but mostly just talking about it, not a visual description. Ditto for the few sexual passages - minimal and done with the proper amount of respect and taste. Yes, there's a couple of rape accounts, but not overly descriptive or violent. Perfectly well done, not explicitly descriptive. If I could read it and not get upset, a baby could read/hear it! ;=)
You know how people are sometimes raving about a novel, telling you that you should read it, how great it is? Well, this is one of those novels. I think the reason that it's not being touted as such for you is that it is gritty. But it was about events in the time of the early era of the USA, in the times of the Great Depression, in the hard, gritty times of the nation. It should be gritty!
Yes, do yourself a big favor, take a bit of your valuable time and read this novel. You'll thank me, I promise.