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Dancing on Broken Glass

by Ka Hancock

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Dancing on Broken Glass by Ka Hancock
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2012
    416 pages
    Genre: Novels

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An unvarnished portrait of a marriage that is both ordinary and extraordinary, Dancing on Broken Glass takes readers on an unforgettable journey of the heart.

Lucy Houston and Mickey Chandler probably shouldn't have fallen in love, let alone gotten married. They're both plagued with faulty genes - he has bipolar disorder; she, a ravaging family history of breast cancer. But when their paths cross on the night of Lucy's twenty-first birthday, sparks fly, and there's no denying their chemistry.

Cautious every step of the way, they are determined to make their relationship work - and they put their commitment in writing. Mickey will take his medication. Lucy won't blame him for what is beyond his control. He promises honesty. She promises patience. Like any marriage, there are good days and bad days - and some very bad days. In dealing with their unique challenges, they make the heartbreaking decision not to have children. But when Lucy shows up for a routine physical just shy of their eleventh anniversary, she gets an impossible surprise that changes everything. Everything. Suddenly, all their rules are thrown out the window, and the two of them must redefine what love really is.

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"Despite an occasional reliance on clichés, Hancock's debut is an authentic tearjerker - an intimate and touching story that will remain in readers' hearts." - Publishers Weekly

"Narrated alternately by Lucy and Mickey, the tale's connective tissue consists of weeping, recriminations, pills, protestations and more weeping, concluding with a final wringing of the reader's exhausted tear ducts via a trifecta of birth, death and Christmas Eve. A tidily crafted but treacly excavation of misery in the name of higher sentiments." - Kirkus

"Hancock fills her pages with a rich, optimistic spirituality that never feels oppressive. Get ready for a good, cleansing cry built on real, tangled humanity rather than forced tragedy." - Salt Lake City Weekly

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