Olivia Harker Cross owns a strip of mountain in Pope County, Kentucky, a land where whites and blacks eke out a living in separate, tattered kingdoms and where silver-faced wolves howl in the night. But someone is killing the wolves of Big Foley Mountain and Olivia is beginning to realize how much of her own bitter history she's never understood: Her mother's madness, building toward a fiery crescendo. Her daughter's flight to California, leaving her to raise William, her beloved grandson. And most of all, her town's fear, for Olivia has real and dangerous enemies.
Now this proud, lonely woman will face her mother and daughter, her neighbors and the wolf hunters of Big Foley Mountain. And when she does, she'll ignite a conflict that will embroil an entire community and change her own life in the most astonishing of ways.
©2009 Carolyn Wall; (P)2009 Random House
"Haunting, lyrical, entirely absorbing, Sweeping Up Glass deserves a place on the shelf next to classics like True Grit and To Kill a Mockingbird." (O, The Oprah Magazine)
"Her evocative prose recalls the regional style of such authors as Flannery O'Connor, Harper Lee, and Eudora Welty." (Mystery Scene)
"This debut novel does so much more than traditional, tightly focused mysteries. It has a powerfully, sometimes uncomfortably, realized setting; characters who seem drawn from life; and a wide-ranging plot, bursting with complications....A gripping story and a truly original voice." (Booklist)
This book combines mystery, family saga, racial politics, and incredible character development. It's a great story made even better by perfect narration.
The narrator was amazing, was immersed in the story
Olivia she was so strong
If you didn't grow up in the South, this book might seem half-way descent. If you did, skip this one, not believable. I struggled to Chap 6 but couldn't take it anymore. In addition, the writing is terrible.
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