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The Weight of Glass by [Heatherington, Stuart]
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About the Author

Stuart Heatherington lives in Chapel Hill, NC with his wife and three sons, where he writes full-time. He is working on his next novel MARK OF POWER, a political/thriller. He is also developing a sequel to THE WEIGHT OF GLASS.

Product Details

  • File Size: 686 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466476850
  • Publication Date: July 18, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WMA670
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,879 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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*May contain spoilers, but, gee, I hope not.

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.
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This is one of the worst written books I have ever read. It is full of spelling errors, (know one for no-one, drug for dragged, your for you're) poor punctuation and some of the sentences are so incomprehensible I had to read them several times and even then couldn't make any sense of them. What does this mean? "Smooth lines worked the beautiful features around her mouth into a frown'? It just doesn't make any sense.
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.
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This book seems to have seeds of greatness -- characters developing nicely, interesting plot, etc., but the writing is so poor, that although I really tried to wade through it, I never made it past the sixth chapter.

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.
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Any book, even a novel, about child abuse is a heavy and emotional subject. Even though this is a harrowing subject, the emotional strength of this book makes it an important book to read.

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.
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Although a work of fiction, The Weight Of Glass is a tale that in many ways is true, true in many lives of children today. Child abuse is the number one destroyer of children today and in the midst of it the events cling in their memories and dreams that never let go. Leading to a life bound to destroy them one way or another, through drugs, alcohol and suicide and worse yet abuse to their own children.

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.
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