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.
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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