Feb 5, 2014

Women's Fiction Wednesday - The Glass Wives

If you have been looking into Women's Fiction at all, it won't be hard to find Amy Sue Nathan. She runs a great blog here and wrote a fascinating book with a premise I'd never considered.  

Synopsis from Goodreads:When a tragic car accident ends the life of Richard Glass, it also upends the lives of Evie and Nicole, and their children. There’s no love lost between the widow and the ex. In fact, Evie sees a silver lining in all this heartache—the chance to rid herself of Nicole once and for all. But Evie wasn’t counting on her children’s bond with their baby half-brother, and she wasn’t counting on Nicole’s desperate need to hang on to the threads of family, no matter how frayed. Strapped for cash, Evie cautiously agrees to share living expenses—and her home—with Nicole and the baby. But when Evie suspects that Nicole is determined to rearrange more than her kitchen, Evie must decide who she can trust. More than that, she must ask: what makes a family?

Okay, can we just talk about the brilliance of the title and characters and cover continuity for a minute? When I first saw The Glass Wives, I assumed it would be about women who were fragile. But to have the divorcee and current wife, add a death of the one thing that connected them, have both their last names be Glass? 

And the brilliance doesn't stop there. The way that Nathan weaves together the plots and creates the characters is incredible, and though I wanted to hate Nicole, I couldn't. And I wanted to tell Evie she was stupid to let Nicole live with her, but I didn't all the way believe that either. Nathan created an incredibly complex situation with characters so so real. She explores grief and the aftermath, making the reader have sympathy for both of them and loving Nathan all the while for the way she conveys everything. This was one of my favorite books from last year. 


JeffO said...

That sounds like a book I'd like to read. Thanks for sharing, Tasha.

ilima said...

That IS an interesting premise. Adding this one to my pile.

Amy Sue Nathan said...

Thank you, Tasha!

Amy xo

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Wow! This sounds great, Tasha! Why don't I have more time to read??? But I will have to add this to by TBR list! Thanks :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

You make it so appealing. My step-children and my children are so very close no one would ever call them half-siblings. This books sounds interesting.

Erin Shakespear said...

Oooooh! This sounds fantastic! :)