Terrie S. (Tecumseh, Michigan)
Could Not Put Down
What a surprise! Didn't see where the book was leading until it was right in front of me. I read it in a weekend. If you like a mystery, love story and a part of history, this is your book. Book clubs will have quite a few items to discuss after reading this hard to put down book.
Beth M. (Scarsdale, NY)
A griping story with unforgettable characters and a surprising end
Carolyn Wall's debut novel is told in the simple, rural language of a poor mountain town in Depression-era Kentucky. The beginning of the book started slow but soon I was sucked in to the powerful narrative. It 's a heartfelt story filled with quirky, unforgettable characters and their loves, family secrets, and transformations.
Olivia Harker Cross is the center of this suspenseful story. She is proud, head strong and a survivor. the title refers to the shattered lives that need cleaning up. Olivia lives with her beloved grandson, Will'm in the small grocery store they run. When her daughter returns to reclaim Will'm, trouble intensifies and Olivia fights to save the life she's built. I grew to care about the unusual cast of characters. I kept reading anxious to know how their lives unfolded.
Themes of love, loss, betrayal, bigotry, death, and forgiveness give this book surprising depth and intensity. The ending was not what I expected which made me all the more impressed.
Kimberly (Chula Vista CA)
Sweeping up Glass
Reading Sweeping up Glass by Carolyn D. Wall was definitely a guilty pleasure. Glasss engaging and readable style offered the pleasure, the grueling lives of the characters provided the guilt. The book was reminiscent of Back Roads by Tawni ODell and Robert Morgans Gap Creek. Olivia and her grandson Willm live in rural Kentucky behind the grocery store they run. The two seem to survive, even contentedly, on pure might and a lot of spit and vinegar. Olivia is as tough as they come and her stubborn nature almost prevents her from a life of love and comfort
almost. A love story and mystery wrapped in a story of survival, Sweeping up Glass is a great read.
Glory (University Park FL)
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters were well developed and believable. I highly recommend this book.
Patricia (San Jose CA)
Sweeping Up Glass- Strong characters, good plot
This book grabbed at my heart on the first page. Grandmother, mother, and her children all have issues of love, hate, resentment and confusion that are all on the back burner to the daily business of surviving the depression in Kentucky.
Each character is finely defined and the secrets that they keep from each other come out as slowly as the molasses comes from the jar in the winter.
If you are a fan of character driven books such as Ava's Man, Cold Mountain, and Bel Canto, then you are guaranteed a good read here.
Denise (Fairfax VA)
Entertaining and Comfortable Read
Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn D. Wall is an entertaining novel and a comfortable read. The beginning of the novel is quite enjoyable and filled with vivid imagery to aid in reconstructing the visual setting where the characters interact. The characters themselves are fleshed out to varying degrees but are overall well rounded. The sweet melancholy of the plot grabs the readers attention with its rural allure and small town idiosyncrasies. Unfortunately, the ending seems forced and somehow does not fit with its vaguely cliché denouement. But overall it is a good read and worth the time spent to read it.
Diane (Aurora CO)
Debut novel promising
I found the book suspenseful and entertaining. The characters are well developed, the descriptions are particularly well done--I could easily visualize the story. After I finished the book, rethinking the story, I realized that there are too many holes and implausibilities in the plot. The ending comes very fast and I was left feeling that the resolution was too implausible. Still, it was a good read and the book has stayed in my mind--a good sign.