Sea Glass

Sea Glass

by Anita Shreve
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Sea Glass 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1929, Honora and Sexton Beecher move into their New Hampshire home. Honora loves her new place though it needs plenty of work. She adores her traveling salesman-husband until she learns why he is so successful at selling typewriters as he plays games with the truth. Soon Honora realizes that he stretches veracity with her too.

When the economy tanks, Sexton loses his job and accepts employment at the mill where conditions are atrocious and pay and hours are despicable. Sexton joins a group of union organizers protesting the inhuman factory conditions. Through her husband, Honora meets union activist McDermott and preadolescent worker Francis. As Honora increasingly loses respect for Sexton, she turns to the seemingly more honest McDermott and an upper class friend Vivian for probity. With a strike looming, Honora joins the oppressed against the wishes of her spouse.

SEA GLASS is a well-written historical fiction novel that provides the audience with a window to the impact of the Great Depression on various social classes. The tale is deep as readers observe the dangerous factory conditions a half century after Dickens as it impacts the blue-collar worker. The efforts to maintain moral standards by the middle class are cleverly described. Finally the influence with the stock market collapse on the upper crust makes for a rounded novel. Ms. Shreve is at her best with this triumphant look back to New Englanders on the verge of ruin.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not come close to finishing this book and found it tedious and excruciatingly boring
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fyree39 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Ms. Shreve's style of writing. Almost like Hemmingway, she's able to pull me into the mood of the characters. If you want "tears welled in his eyes as he watched her walk out of is life forever," or "his lips ignited the fires of desire within her," you'll have to look elsewhere. If you want believable characters with believable dialogue, this is the book for you. It's a love story, but not like one would expect, and I'm cheering for Honora the whole way. This is a cerebral read for grown ups. Enjoy.
cbaker71 More than 1 year ago
I love how you got to know each character seperately, and then how they all ended up together. The flow of this book is smooth and the emotions it evokes in you are real. I read some reviews about the language being horrible in this book and i was surprised. I dont even remember any bad language, so it must have fit the story line so perfectly not to stand out, or I can just recognize that the characters in this book were not sitting in some bible belt town looking down their noses at folks and judging them..... They were suffering, striking, trying to survive. This book was perfectly written.
joey-1994 More than 1 year ago
I loved the storyline and the characters this was an amazing book. Im so glad that my friend gae me the book
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Futa_librarian More than 1 year ago
I ended up adding a third star because I liked the history behind this book, but I just could not get into it. I tried reading it over the fourth and found myself easily distracted by almost anything that came my way. I liked the characters well enough, but their was eventually so many of them, it was hard to remember who was who. Many of the characters personalities change as the book goes on and that also makes it hard to keep track. I think the fact that I kept putting this book down for days at a time also did not help. Also- the end is very depressing. So, I would not describe this as a feel good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The character development is so well done, that I could imagine knowing and relating to each member. The multiple voice narration kept my interest and allowed the reader to get a diverse view of each circumstance. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to a reader who enjoys reading a believable story.
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