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The Weight of Glass is about a family who suffered through the hell of child abuse. The remaining members, a brother, Lee, and a sister, Amy, have gathered to dispose of a sibling's ashes. Amy has also written a memoir and has asked Lee to read it and share his own tales of his childhood. This novel is their stories. While there's nothing particularly unique about this story (sadly, very sadly), the author's writing made it a story I wanted to read and enjoyed reading.
Why I couldn't rate this book higher:
While not the worst I've read, this book was in need of another go-round with a copy editor-certainly enough to warrant mentioning it.
More of an aside, but I downloaded the sample and enjoyed it enough to consider purchasing it. When I clicked over to get more info on the book, I had to wade through a book trailer and countless reviews before I got to what I really needed to evaluate whether to purchase the book-the synopsis and price. Now this was annoying. Had it not been free at that time I would have moved on. Please, author, make this more reader-friendly. Personally, I look at synopsis, price, and then reviews. Almost never trailers. So help a girl out. Help me buy your books, okay?
As mentioned in other reviews, the time line and the grounding of characters and place were very hard to follow. As a reader, I don't want to be pulled out of the story because I need to figure out where I am and who I'm with. I want to be able to sink in effortlessly.
I also found the structure exasperating. Long stretches of memoir excerpts or conversations (in phone and in person) that while very prettily written went on and on telling us what happened or how they felt.Read more ›
Did no-one proof read this book before it was published? It's not even spell checked! look at this sentence about New Mexico' ...Anasazi Indian styles were prevelent in most of the archetecture'
The structure of the book is difficult to follow - hard to work out what happened when and at many points who is speaking. I am left with the sense that this author just strung together one shocking event after another in a titillating way - a cynical attempt to write another misery memoir posing as fiction.
Here's an excerpt: "Two cold Michelob rested in one hand when I laid stake to the redwood chair on the porch. I passed one of the bottles to Amy. A cigarette ember crept closer to her face in a puzzle of orange shadows and knotted towel. I took a swig of beer and closed my eyes, not caring how drunk the night was leading up to. Tomorrow 's hangover was tomorrow's hangover. I'd deal with it then."
There are a lot of books out there these days that might have been really good IF they had been passed through the hands of an experienced editor, but were published without that critical step. That's too bad. This book is one of them.
This book is about multiple incidents of sexual, emotional and physical abuse and the ways 4 very different brothers and sisters in a dysfunctional family coped (or didn't cope) with this abuse from their stepfather and stepbrother. At times it is very disturbing but at other times it shows the strength of the human spirit when pushed to great extremes.
After many reports of child abuse in various religious organisations, it is interesting that the author chose to make the stepfather a pastor at a local church with the stepbrother following in his father's footsteps with extreme beliefs and actions.
The story is told through the reactions of these children in their adult life to what happened to them as children. At first I thought I could compare this book with Pat Conroy's "Prince of Tides" - but this book is a much deeper and more complex emotional story.
This is the first book released by Stuart Heatherington and I look forward with great interest to read his future books.
The novel one is about to read will leave one wondering why and how a child could be mistreated so badly. A family that once knew love and now lives in the pits of hell. A story of four children, brothers and sisters who with a mother and father had a great family life until the death of their father. When their mother remarried their life of hell begins. Their stepfather who was a preacher made their life a living hell, from torture to rape of the girls, after the death of their mother. They say memories last a life time and for Lee the oldest brother that is true. The dreams still occur and the only way to make them go away is through the bottle. For Amy the next oldest is to write her memoir's to put it on paper . Can she help her oldest brother deal with it as they are ready to scatter the ashes of their younger sister in the ocean and the death of their younger brother. Now with just Amy and Lee this is their last chance to bury their past and get on with their lives. I could go on and on about this book but I do not want to give too much away.
When one reads this story they will wonder as I did, you feel as if you are reading actual events in the lives of these children. A deeply and emotional story that is very hard to put down once started. Being the first book written by Mr. Heatherington and if this is any indication of his future books he will be an author to watch for.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To me, the book started off slow and a little more bad language than I desire. THEN, I understood. What adult children had to deal with as children was unreal. Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by Sandi Stgafford
A mess of trite characters doing and saying stereotypical things in stereotypical ways. You have seen all of these tired characters before:
The evil philandering... Read more
I liked the story line, but it made me feel uncomfortable. And now I don't even remember why, so it wasn't memorable.Published on March 11, 2014 by Elaine H. Turley
Well written story of a family dealing with more than most could endure. The author led us down the worst kind of garden path with sick immorality and the children that survived... Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Monica
At times this novel can be a bit wordy, but, as you get through those rare spots you will find, for yourself, a literary treasure. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I really liked the story and the likable characters. And, I really disliked the bad ones! Makes you get in the story with them and want revenge yourself. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Sylvia Banschbach
Child abuse is epidemic in our country. This book tells the story of three siblings left orphaned by their mother with an abusive step-father. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Liz Shaw
I could not bring myself to finish this book. The writer did a good job of developing a cast of very angry characters who responded to their issues in violent, self destructive... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Anna Fishel
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