Vintage: A Novel

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Vintage is Susan Gloss’s sparkling debut novel in the Vein of The Friday Night Knitting Club, centered around a Midwestern vintage clothing shop and a group of women who eventually transform the store and each others’ lives.

At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell . . . and so do the women who are drawn there.

Violet Turner has always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. When she is...

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Vintage: A Novel

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Overview

Vintage is Susan Gloss’s sparkling debut novel in the Vein of The Friday Night Knitting Club, centered around a Midwestern vintage clothing shop and a group of women who eventually transform the store and each others’ lives.

At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell . . . and so do the women who are drawn there.

Violet Turner has always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. When she is faced with the possibility of losing it, she realizes that, as much as she wants to, she cannot save it alone.

Eighteen-year-old April Morgan is nearly five months along in an unplanned pregnancy when her hasty engagement is broken. When she returns the perfect 1950s wedding dress, she discovers unexpected possibilities and friends who won’t let her give up on her dreams.

Betrayed by her husband, Amithi Singh begins selling off her old clothes, remnants of her past life. After decades of housekeeping and parenting a daughter who rejects her traditional ways, she fears she has nothing more ahead for her.

An engaging story that beautifully captures the essence of women’s friendship and love, Vintage is a charming tale of possibility, of finding renewal and hope when we least expect it.

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Editorial Reviews

Stephanie Evanovich
“A wonderfully engaging story complete with the true essence of sisterhood.”
Susanna Daniel
“A colorful and charming novel, filled with tenderness for women and friendship. Susan Gloss writes about clothes in such loving detail that every page read like a literary wardrobe makeover…a delicious combination.”
Michelle Wildgen
“Susan Gloss has conjured up a generous and welcoming world—and the women of Violet’s beloved vintage shop have plenty of grit to go with their glamour.”
Booklist
“…Gloss should have a built-in fan base for this book-club-worthy story of redemption, healing, and love.”
From the Publisher

"…This novel is sure to please fans of women's fiction who enjoy an engaging story filled with plucky characters and second acts." (Library Journal)

"…Gloss should have a built-in fan base for this book-club-worthy story of redemption, healing, and love." (Booklist)

"A wonderfully engaging story complete with the true essence of sisterhood." (Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times bestselling author of Big Girl Panties)

Library Journal
02/01/2014
At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, WI, three women bond through a love of vintage clothing and find their friendship to be a source of strength at a time when they need it most. Violet, the store's proprietress, believes in second chances for people as well as clothing. April, the store's teenage intern, vows not to let her unexpected pregnancy, canceled wedding, or recently deceased mother get in the way of her college plans. And Amithi, a dutiful wife, comes to the store to sell some of her possessions after she finds out her husband has been engaged in a long-term affair. When Violet learns of her impending eviction from the building she and her business call home, she will need the support of all those around her to find a solution to the upheaval. VERDICT Similar in theme to Stephanie Lehmann's Astor Place Vintage, but without the historical aspect, this novel is sure to please fans of women's fiction who enjoy an engaging story filled with plucky characters and second acts.—Karen Core, Detroit P.L.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-06
Lost souls find new hope in a Madison, Wis., resale shop, in Gloss' debut. Owning Hourglass Vintage, which sells estate clothing and other high-end castoffs, has helped Violet reconstitute her life after divorce from alcoholic husband Jed. But now her landlord, hoping to cash in on a real estate boom, is forcing her to either exercise her option to buy the building (unlikely at the seven-figure price tag) or vacate. Other characters enter the store with their own dilemmas, represented by the items they choose to sell. April, a teenage mom-to-be, brings in her wedding dress, never worn—her mother died recently in a car crash that might have been a suicide, and her fiance, Charlie, has called off the wedding after his snobbish parents threatened to disown him. Amithi is selling jewelry and saris which carry unpleasant associations since she learned of her husband's infidelity. (She had always thought her marriage, though arranged by parents in India years ago, was a happy one.) April, who exhibits a knack for figures and computing, wangles an internship at Hourglass and begins to organize Violet's hopelessly haphazard inventory system. Successive crises test the women's mettle and the bonds between them. To raise money, Violet mounts a fashion show featuring Madison's trashiest-talking drag queens and a surprise guest appearance. Unfortunately, too much exposition-laden dialogue slows the pace, and the novel's ending is anything but surprising. A likable but lackluster debut, not likely to stand out in the crowded field of fiction about women united by a common pursuit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062270337
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 392,101
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Gloss is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin Law School. When she's not writing fiction, Susan can be found working as an attorney, blogging at GlossingOverIt.com, or hunting for vintage treasures for her Etsy shop, Cleverly Curated. She lives with her family in Madison, Wisconsin.

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