Advance reader reviews of The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe.

The House of Velvet and Glass

A Novel

By Katherine Howe

The House of Velvet and Glass
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2012,
    432 pages.

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  • Becky H. (Chicago, IL)


    an upper class look at the early 20th century
    I really enjoyed this book. After a slow start and getting used to the jumps in place and time, I found House of Velvet and Glass to be a compelling look at the early 20th century. A book group would find the drug use (opium), the early psychology/sociology instances, the expectations for men and women, dress and table manners, and the social class divide/discrimination would all make good topics for discussion. I found the characters believable and the plot flowed easily. The use of "real" people gave color to the events (Titanic & Lusitania) and lent credibility to the story.
    The descriptions of rooms, clothing, manners and social interactions as well as the descriptions of spiritualism and opium dens added to my enjoyment of the story. I started reading expecting "chick lit" and found something much more substantial. As a high school librarian I think many older teens would enjoy the book. The book would work for a mother/teen book group.
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