Review: The Glass Wives by Amy Sue Nathan


Title: The Glass Wives

Author: Amy Sue Nathan

Published: St Martins Griffin May 2013

Status: Read from May 12 to 13, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

I’ve been following Any Sue Nathan’s blog, Women’s Fiction Writers for a while, appreciating it’s focus on an often maligned genre that I enjoy. When I discovered her debut novel, The Glass Wives, available for review on Netgalley I jumped at the chance to read it.

In the Glass Wives, the unexpected demise of Richard Glass threatens to shatter Evie’s hard won, post-divorce equilibrium. While supporting her eleven year old twins, Sophie and Sam, as they mourn the loss of their father, Evie is forced to confront not only her changing circumstance but also Richard’s legacy, his widow (once mistress), Nicole, and her infant son, Luca.
Prompted by financial complications, her children’s affection for their half sibling and the young widow’s neediness, Eve reluctantly invites Nicole and Luca to live with her in a temporary but mutually beneficial arrangement.

Within the framework of this unusual set up, Nathan explores the idea of family and it’s changing definition in modern day society. While Evie initially thinks Richard’s death frees her from ongoing contact with Nicole, she hadn’t considered the bond between her children and their half sibling. It creates an interesting connection between the widow and the ex wife which Nathan dissects with compassion and keen insight into the situation’s unique challenges.
Friendship, trust, forgiveness and moving on are other themes explored in The Glass Wives. Evie is forced to reconcile her relationships and her hopes for the future with the baggage of her personal experience.

The characters of The Glass Wives are well drawn and easy to relate to. I greatly admired Evie and her decision to deal with a difficult situation as gracefully as possible. I doubt I could be so generous to my ex husband’s mistress, even under such desperate circumstances. I found it hard to develop much sympathy for Nicole, even when her tragic history was revealed. I do think her motivations were a little confusing at times and I never really developed a sense of who she was. Laney and Beth, Evie’s best friends, provided much needed levity and warmth through out the book whilst still playing devil’s advocate Evie’s decisions and opinions.

Well written, The Glass Wives is a thought provoking, enjoyable debut novel exploring the challenges of defining family and love in a time of social change.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Book Blather
    May 14, 2013 @ 20:42:32

    I think I’d enjoy this one, Evie sounds very compassionate. 🙂



  2. Teddyree
    May 14, 2013 @ 21:45:53

    Family dynamics of any kind appeal to me and sounds like the contents live up to that cover that first caught my eye. Nice review Shelleyrae.



  3. shelovestoread
    May 14, 2013 @ 23:56:58

    I’ve just added this book to my wishlist 🙂



  4. mynovelopinion
    May 15, 2013 @ 01:07:05

    Great review. I’m about half way through this at the moment. Hoping to finish today and have my review up by the end of the week.



  5. Celeste
    May 20, 2013 @ 22:08:22

    Lovely post. I will definitely read this book and have added it onto my TBR list 🙂



  6. JEAN
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 03:34:29

    Sounds far too contrived a plot for me. I hate formula writing.



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