Vicki (York PA)
Good read once the action starts!
In my opinion Sweeping Up Glass was a good read but not one that I would highly recommend. The plot seems somewhat disjointed and we never get to really explore any one issue very deeply. The relationships between the characters also seem to be a bit unreal and that may be because we never get to delve too deeply there either.
Stan (Columbus OH)
Sweeping Up Glass
The story is rich in character development and overall very compelling reading. Although the story takes place in the 1930's, it deals with contemporary issues that are significant in today's world. I enjoyed the story and would recommend it.
Ray (Selden NY)
Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn D. Wall
Carolyn D. Wall has put together a novel that has every appearance of Southern Gothic but ends up crossing genres into mystery, thriller as well as Gothic romance. The central character, Olivia, is well-drawn out and is forced to deal with unpredictable relationships in addition to unearthing mysteries and secrets that overwhelm her.
The story was definitely not predictable and I feel Wall has a voice that will appeal to a wide audience. I hope she gets that chance!
Elinor (Roswell NM)
Kentucky Mountain Immersion
Sweeping Up Glass is just a mite slow starting, which I attribute to the introduction of, and meeting, the myriad characters; however, the story soon picks up speed and never slows down. The author's descriptive writing thoroughly immersed me in the Kentucky mountain civilization of the early 1900s and the strong protagonist earned my utmost respect. I cannot help but wonder how much of that life still exists today.
This would be an ideal book club choice, sparking much discussion.
Christi (Pewee Valley KY)
A wonderfully written book with rich, complex characters and a twisting and turning plot that made this mystery hard to put down. Carolyn D. Wall is definitely an author to watch.
Linda (Walnut Creek CA)
"Sweeping Up Glass" definitely 'swept me up' from the very first page. It was a much different read than I expected. I thought it would be a traditional whodunit mystery, but instead, it turned out to be a literary saga, spanning 30 years or more of a young woman's life. Taking place in the 30's in Kentucky, we follow the life of young Olivia, who experiences a tragedy in her younger years that resurfaces when she's older, which brings about an explosive twist at the end.
Mystery lovers, as well as lovers of literary fiction, will both enjoy this well-written tale. I also think it's a great choice for book clubs, lots of 'hidden secrets' and issues for discussion.
I manage a bookstore and cannot wait to start recommending "Sweeping Up Glass" to all my readers. I would definitely read this author again.
Beverly (Huntersville NC)
More Than A Mystery
In the first chapter the "body" is that of wolves that Olivia and her grandson Will'm feel responsible for. The "mystery" is who is killing the wolves and why? But to me this book was much more than the mystery but about the lives of Olivia and others in the town of Aurora in the late 1930's in Kentucky. As you start reading you are drawn in the story and before you know it you are hooked on Olivia and her life - why she and her mother Ida are at odds with each other, why is a father buried by the outhouse, and other questions. You feel the pain of living in Kentucky during the depression and the life struggles, the class and race differences.
I did think the story was a little "rushed" at the end as it works towards the conclusion and some of the "secrets" that were withheld from Olivia did not quite seem believable to me, especially those around the race relations.
I think this book was much more than a "mystery" and was more of a historical or womanist novel with a mystery element.
And oh - what a wonderful book club selection this would be to discuss all of the mystery and relationship elements in this story.