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Sweeping Up Glass

by Carolyn Wall

Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall X
Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall
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    Aug 2008, 278 pages

    Aug 2009, 336 pages


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  • Susan Reiners, (Dublin, NH)
    Sweeping Up Glass
    When Poisoned Pen published this last year I looked forward to an interesting, offbeat mystery. So I was surprised that this is not a mystery in the conventional sense at all. Sure, there are (very) bad guys and good guys, but no actual detectives, amateur or otherwise. We don't know until late in the book not just who done it, but what they did. Perhaps that's why Poisoned Press sold the book to Delta.

    Still, this is a wonderful story. It's got interesting characters that are easy to care about, and the plot is about things that matter. This is a tasty and nourishing meat-and-potatoes book, not just a fluffy confection.
  • Kathy H. (Richmond, VA)
    Speed read this one!
    I LOVED Sweeping Up Glass. I read over half of it the day I received it. It's reminiscient of To Kill A Mockingbird, but its story certainly stands alone. I loved the character of Olivia ... and there wasn't a false note throughout the entire book, nor was it predictable.

    The book elicited such emotions from me ... fear, anxiety, happiness, and sadness. I will be recommending Sweeping Up Glass to everyone...I can't say enough good things about it. It's a wonderful, wonderful book.
  • 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.
  • Kimberly (Chula Vista CA)
    Sweeping up Glass
    Reading Sweeping up Glass by Carolyn D. Wall was definitely a guilty pleasure. Glass’s 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 O’Dell and Robert Morgan’s Gap Creek. Olivia and her grandson Will’m 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)
    Good Read
    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.
  • 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.

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