Sisters of Glassby Stephanie Hemphill
Maria is the younger daughter of an esteemed family on the island of Murano, the traditional home for Venetian glassmakers. Though she longs to be a glassblower herself, glassblowing is not for daughters—that is her brother's work. Maria has only one duty to perform for her family: before her father died, he insisted that she be married into the nobility, even though her older sister, Giovanna, should rightfully have that role. Not only is Giovanna older, she's prettier, more graceful, and everyone loves her.
Maria would like nothing more than to allow her beautiful sister, who is far more able and willing to attract a noble husband, to take over this role for her. But they cannot circumvent their father's wishes. And when a new young glassblower arrives to help the family business and Maria finds herself drawn to him, the web of conflicting emotions grows even more tangled.
Starred Review, Booklist, April 15, 2012:
“In a landscape, time, and plot rich with descriptive opportunity, Hemphill’s verse selects and illuminates the best bits, intensifying them like light through glass.”
Meet the Author
STEPHANIE HEMPHILL is the author of the Printz Honor-winning Your Own, Sylvia, a verse portrait of Sylvia Plath, as well as Things Left Unsaid and the critically acclaimed Wicked Girls, which received four starred reviews.
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Sisters of the Glass is a quick and unusual read. It is historical fiction story written in verse. I couldn’t wait to start it because it sounded different from what I usually read. I was a bit disappointed in it. The way it was written, in verse, made it difficult for me to get into the story line. If it had been written like a normal novel I think I would have enjoyed it so much more. Unfortunately by the time I was done reading it I had a bit of a headache.
Sisters of Glass is a Historical Fiction that is written in verse. This was a different kind of read for me, but it was definitely a wonderful surprise and a very cute love story about two sisters. The two sister's story is told through Maria, who is the younger daughter. It's the year 1291 on the island of Murano where all glassmakers have been sent to live by the order of Venetian government. Maria and her older sister, Giovanna (Vanna), live in a time where fathers choose who their daughters marry, and who their daughters love isn't taken into account. But before Marie's father dies, he breaks tradition and gives Marie the oldest daughters right's to be the first one to marry, and to marry a Nobleman. Both sisters are not happy with their dying father’s decision to change their rights, and when Marie falls in love with Luca, who has been given a partnership in the family's glassmaking business, her relationship with her sister becomes strained. Giovanna is the one who is supposed to marry Luca, but she's in love with the nobleman Andrea who is betrothed to Maria. This is where the fun begins with these two sisters, because Marie's betrothed is in love with Giovanna. And Luca, who is Giovanna's betrothed, is in love with Marie. This novel, like I said, was a different kind of read for me, but I fell in love with Stephanie Hemphill’s beautiful writing and the verse style. I also fell in love with these two sisters and their right to choose the person who they wanted to marry and the right to marry for love and happiness. Sisters of Glass is 272 pages, but with it written in verses, it’s a fast read, but don't let that fool you. It’s a strong and in-depth story with humor, drama, jealousies and romance, and a beautiful storyline with Marie and Giovanna’s happily ever after. I recommend Sisters of Glass as a beautiful, cute read.