The Glass House People

The Glass House People

by Kathryn Reiss

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Beth’s mother, Hanny Lynn, hasn’t spoken to her parents or her sister, Iris, in twenty years. But she decides it’s time to set aside old grievances, so sixteen-year-old Beth and her brother, Tom, find themselves spending a sweltering summer with their mother and her family in a sleepy Pennsylvania town. More than just homesick, Beth is troubled by deep family tensions and Aunt Iris’s sudden drunken outbursts. As Beth begins to delve into family history, she discovers a chilling and inexplicable tragedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152012939
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/01/1996
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.87(h) x (d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

KATHRYN REISS is the author of Time Windows, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; The Glass House People; Dreadful Sorry; Pale Phoenix, a finalist for the Edgar Award; as well as PaperQuake: A Puzzle. A master of the time-travel mystery genre, “Reiss slips between past and present with a callous alacrity that is wondrously effective” (Kirkus Reviews). She lives with her family in Northern California.

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The Glass House People 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Glass House People was one of the best books I've ever read. It's an inspiring tale of a not so wonderful reunion. Sixteen year old Beth and her brother go to visit her grandparents with her mother Hanna. Her Aunt Iris also lives there, and has lived there since the death of her fiance. The night he died Hanna was found in bed with him. He was killed falling down the stairs in that house. It's a wonderful book and I encourage anyone to read it. ~Sarah Jolly
npetrosino on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Beth's mother suffers a "mid-life crisis," as Beth puts it, the family leaves their California home to visit the grandparents that they have never met in Philadelphia. Bitterness and anger between Beth's mom and her strange Aunt Iris threaten to tear the house apart and ruin any chance Beth has of having a happy summer vacation. The mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Clifton Becker twenty years ago have come back to haunt the family, and Beth is determined to find out what happened...even if it means that either Aunt Iris or her mother is a murderer!
teasinme More than 1 year ago
Beth is dragged across country for the summer to visit her mother's parents for the first time. She is very reluctant to go, thinking it will be extremely boring. When she gets there, so finds not only a boring life, but that she may living with a murderer. She gets together with her younger brother to solve the 20 year old mystery of who really killed their Aunt Iris's fiance. Was it their mother? Was it their aunt? Maybe their grandfather or grandmother? Or maybe just a freak accident? Beth will do what she can to get to the bottom of it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting because just when you think you know who the killer is, a new evidence will prove you wrong and it goes on and on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for Eng.11 to do a book report on it. I thought that it was going to be a boring book but as I started to read it got more and more interesting and I could hardly put it down. I would say that it is one of the best books that I have read. And I am not a big reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was one of the best books I have ever read. This book keeps you thinking and wanting to keep reading more and more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a facinating book. You can really relate to Beth and the diffuculties with love and family! Kathryn Reiss is by far my favorite author. I started reading and could never put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book for Christmas. One rainy day on sping break, I decided to read it. As soon as I read the first page, I knew I would not be able to put it down. And I didnt. (Except for Easter dinner!!) I sat on the edge of my seat, and in some parts I could feel my heart racing. This book was the best I have read in a long time, as well as the best author. I would give it a 1000000 stars if I could!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was quite tense! Full of details! A must read! There were parts in the book where I had to hold my breathe, wanting to know whats going to happen next!