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The Glass Wives: A Novel

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  • Posted November 23, 2013

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    A Wonderful Debut Novel!

    This debut novel The Glass Wives by Amy Sue Nathan was nicely done and look forward to reading more from this author. The family unit (non-traditional) is the main element of the novel, with Evie Glass as main character, and finds herself raising her 10 yr old twins (Sophie and Sam) alone after her ex-husband dies in a tragic accident.

    Then comes Richard’s second wife, Nichole who is also raising her toddler son (Luca). The second wife (former mistress) turns to the first wife (oh, you really have to humble yourself to do this) to come together to raise their children. (so much for cutting ties to the second wife…..right?)

    I can sympathize with both women as I have been a first and second wife. (Single is much better)

    However, these two women have to put their children first and the bond between them. Also Evie decides this may help her financially as well (as she has no choice). Can Evie trust the woman who had an affair with her husband at one time?

    There is new meaning to dysfunctional families – sometimes we do not have to be a traditional family to develop strong bonds and ties. Sometimes friends and outsiders can be more like family than our biological ones.

    Amy does a great job demonstrating compassion with these two grieving families, while portraying the narrow-mindedness of the not so accepting neighbors.

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  • Posted July 14, 2013

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    Realistic, Filled With Emotions

    As families split apart forming new units, the idealized notion of a traditional family can change drastically. The family core is the focus of Amy Sue Nathan’s debut novel, THE GLASS WIVES: A Novel. She explores what makes a family unit and why traditional sometimes has to be altered. Narrator Joyce Bean does an excellent job bringing these characters to life. Her varied vocalization gives each character their own distinct voice. Bean brings out the various emotions and energy the author has woven throughout the story. Evie Glass never thought her ex-husband Richard could turn her world upside down again. But when Richard died suddenly in a traffic wreck, she found out how wrong she was. Now she is left to raise their twins on her own. Richard’s second wife, Nicole, is also left to raise their infant son on her own. She turns to Evie, wanting to create a family unit with her and Richard’s other children. At first, despite the tragedy of Richard’s death, Evie sees it as a way to free herself and the twins from ever dealing with Nicole and her baby again. She didn’t count on how deeply her children cared for their half brother. And she especially didn’t count on having to seek financial help to keep her home without Richard’s monthly support payments. When Nicole offers to pay rent and move in with her and the kids, Evie dismissed it, but soon realizes she doesn’t have a choice. Just as things are settling into a familiar routine, Evie discovers Nicole may be up to no good, trying to pull off a scheme behind her back. Evie has to decide if she can trust the woman who had an affair with her husband and destroyed her marriage. Nathan has created likable characters with realistic problems and emotions. While Evie came off a bit self-centered to me at times, she also had moments of compassion and tenderness for balance. Nathan also weaves in how secrets, even among friends, can sometimes be damaging. In addition, the author gives vivid descriptions and explanations for a Jewish life that add another layer to the story. THE GLASS WIVES moves at a steady pace and holds the reader/listener’s attention with a few surprising twists and turns along the way. FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

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    By: Amy Sue Nathan Published By: St Martin's Griffin Age Recomme

    By: Amy Sue Nathan
    Published By: St Martin's Griffin
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 4
    Book Blog For: GMTA

    "The Glass Wives" by Amy Sue Nathan was a different kind of read for me but it was a good contemporary read about relationships and family.

    The story as on the back of the cover:

    “There’s no love lost between the ex and the widow.” No question this is an understatement. It’s been several years since Nicole Glass had an affair with, then married Evie Glass’s husband, Richard. Yet, after Richard’s death, Evie chooses to see past her animosity—partially for financial reasons but also for the sake of her 10-year-old twins and Nicole’s baby Luca—and invites Nicole to move into her home."

    Now, how is this to work you read you will see that his author 'handles this with honesty, humor and empathy.' You will be drawn into it all.. 'from kitchen and food preparation to visits for memorable best friends and family time with Nicole and Evie's children.' This author did a wonderful job at showing the lives of "The Glass Wives" which ended as a blended 'Glass Family.' This novel was definitely one 'from friendship to family relationships to motherhood.' I think I understood this novel a little more though reading. This novel wasn't just about there last names but now they say themselves in each other. This was a family not merely by blood but caught up into a situation where it can be friends, neighbor, strangers and in this situation.. ex's that were forced to redefine family after a life changing event.

    This one was a thought provoking read that will leave you with some thoughts long after the read. Would I recommend? YES!

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    The premise of this novel is intriguing: when Evie's ex-husband

    The premise of this novel is intriguing: when Evie's ex-husband dies in a car accident, she must create a new normal for her ten-year-old twins that may or may not include their baby half-brother and Nicole, the woman who destroyed her marriage. Add two devoted girlfriends with their own opinions concerning Evie's future, and The Glass Wives is a wonderful story about the shifting boundaries of female friendship.

    Nothing is predictable; nothing is black or white.

    When Nicole suggests sharing living expenses--and Evie's home--Evie has to decide what is best for her children and what makes a family. As she lets go of her old life, and decides whom to trust, the normal foundations of home and hearth dissolve.

    But what I loved most about the story is the way expectations fall apart to reform in gloriously unexpected ways. All Evie's relationships are tested and stretched as characters surprise each other and the reader. Several times throughout the novel, the actions of others--past and present--force Evie to reassess her core values and put aside personal judgment. As her friend Beth says, "No one is just a collection of her mistakes."

    A devoted mother and friend, Evie is a wonderful heroine, and we cheer her on as she journeys through the practical and emotional repercussions of death. Even when she's schlepping about the house in her terry robe, nibbling on leftover rugelach and worrying about finances, Evie doesn't wallow in self-pity. I loved her ability to stand up for her kids and for herself, and to not be intimidated by the opinions of others. Her brutal honesty is refreshing. For example, when she reveals a devastating truth to Nicole, Nicole comments, "You're lying to hurt me." Evie's response is, "No, I'm telling the truth to hurt you."

    I highly recommend this beautifully written debut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    I thought this was a fantastic debut novel. It was well written

    I thought this was a fantastic debut novel. It was well written and while the situation is unusual, you felt yourself empathizing for the characters. Most people probably wouldn't take in their ex husband's widow, and I thought that showed a lot of Grace on Evie's part. This was a really quick read - I finished in 2 days and raced through to the end. 

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  • Posted May 30, 2013

    This book was just ok for me.  Parts were extremely slow and I d

    This book was just ok for me.  Parts were extremely slow and I didn't really buy into the premise, nor did I like the characters.  I did like learning about the Jewish funeral traditions but felt the book was flat.

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    Posted July 25, 2013

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