The Glass Wives: a summer book give away

by singlemomseeking on July 1, 2013

Glass Wives_final cover

How often to you reach the last page of a novel and think, with tears in your eyes, “I don’t want this to end”? That’s how I felt when I finished The Glass Wives, by Amy Sue Nathan. Amy also happens to have been one of my very first blog commenters right here, way back in 2007 (!) — so her book makes me immensely proud.

From the get go, Amy has cheered me on. She told me (even when I didn’t believe it) that one day, I’d “become Single Mom, Settled Down.” Another time, when she saw that I seemed to be settling for some guy who didn’t treat me right, she wrote in the comments section here: “You are a smart cookie. No more crumbs, okay?”

Thank you for that, Amy.

Nathan, Amy Sue_CREDIT Michael Nathan

Amy — whose ex-husband died suddenly after they got divorced — says that her own life inspired her novel. She didn’t know how she was going to raise two kids alone, and through it all, her kids have grown up into amazing adults. “My definitions of family and friendship had been long-challenged by divorce and death and cross-country moves. I wanted—no, needed—to find my own way to explain and understand that families take many shapes and forms, that friendships can grow in unlikely places,  and that relationships, though changed, can endure.”

Amy wanted to write a book about the power of a family—no matter what that family looks like. In The Glass Wives, Evie and Nicole Glass share a last name. They also shared a husband. When a tragic car accident ended the life of Richard Glass, it also upended the lives of Evie and Nicole, and their children. There was no love lost between the widow and the ex. After all, Nicole had an affair with, and then married, Richard.

The Glass Wives shows that a home isn’t “broken” as long as there is love inside its walls—and if need be, almost anything can be repaired, or at the very least, revised. I loved the wry humor in this book. And I loved its message about how we need to let go of the past so we can move on.

One of my favorite lines:

Evie had heard it a million times since the divorce: kids are resilient. Hers were proof. But you could stretch a rubber band only so many times before it snapped.

The Glass Wives is a MUST read for single moms this summer! As you can see, I devoured it.

St. Martins Press is giving away TWO copies of The Glass Wives. Two of you will be chosen by Random.org to win on July 15.

How do you enter? It’s simple: leave a comment telling me what you’re up to this summer.

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Susan July 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Hi, Rachel!
I’m up to the usual summer stuff: yardwork, biking, family walks in the evening, planning for an upcoming vacation to New England and wishing I was still a kid so I could go to the pool instead of work every day! Oh, and I’ve slowly ventured back into writing. I’m trying to keep up my new blog (susancourtad.com – on the home page, called “The Next Stage” and am starting to write a children’s tale…

What would be GREAT is to have a new book to read in my spare time! Congratulations on your book, Amy! It sounds wonderful and I, too, like me some wry humor :)

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Bonnie July 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Going to do some volunteer work in the community, read some books, attend local festivals.

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Joani July 1, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Hi There!
Long time no correspond! I have to work through the summer, yet I am fortunate that we have summer hours at work so my schedule is rather flexible. I joined the Summer Reading Program at our library, and I will be hanging out with my awesome nine-year-old daughter, attending the multitude of local art fairs and festivals that we have, going to the pool, and enjoying the summer with family and friends. Oh and I’m also planning my fall wedding!!

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Cori July 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Working really hard, spending more time with my kids and firing up the BBQ!

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Des July 1, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Driving to CA to see my sisters and escape the Phoenix heat! Reading, blogging, and maybe some scrapbooking. :)

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Rachel July 7, 2013 at 9:38 am

Des,
I can’t wait to see you when you’re out here!

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Anonymous July 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm

So, I need to read this book to see if it interferes with the book I intend to write with my late husband’s ex-wife!

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JJT July 2, 2013 at 7:22 am

Looking forward to travel this summer!

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leslie July 2, 2013 at 9:19 am

Planning a camping trip & been working thru a list of a few daytrips with the kid (12) & the big kid (BF) :)

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Brie July 2, 2013 at 11:29 am

hang out with my baby girl at the pool!

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T July 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Wow! So excited and proud of Amy!!! That’s so cool that her novel struck you like it did. I’ll add it to my list!

This summer? Work, work, work. :)

xxoo
T´s last blog post ..Go Love Yourself.

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Heather {Desperately Seeking Sanity} July 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I’m up to alot! Getting ready for BlogHer (haven’t been since ’08 when I met you!) as well as being mama to the 4 kiddos… I’ve never been home with the kids in the summer and I’m loving it! (But we’re always on the go!)
Heather {Desperately Seeking Sanity}´s last blog post ..Definitely a Monday

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Crazy Computer Dad July 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Teaching 3 boys how to do minor maintenance on cars (like oil change, tires, wipers, lights, fuses, brakes, etc), and life in general. Teaching one 16 year old boy how to drive. Lots of hiking in the blue ridge mountains with SGG. Boys are optional for that, they complain too much. Working on various other projects with or without the boys as they desire. Softball and beach volleyball. Taking life one day at a time with SGG. Exploring Google Glass by documenting the above on the blog I seem to have neglected for some time now. :-) So what are you, thunderpants, and the family doing for the summer? :-)
Crazy Computer Dad´s last blog post ..Virginia Tech Architecture Camp

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Rachel July 7, 2013 at 9:40 am

What a fun summer CCD! I really get what you mean by taking one day at a time.
I’m hoping to get into the garden this summer. We have lots of work to do. Lots of swimming and reading and toddling around the neighborhood, too.
Rachel´s last blog post ..The Glass Wives: a summer book give away

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j July 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Planning a trip out west with my little lady and boyfriend and his son…it is a vacation first for our families…

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