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Sweeping Up Glass | [Carolyn Wall]

Sweeping Up Glass

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Destined to be a classic, Sweeping Up Glass is a tough and tender novel of love, race, and justice, and a ferocious, unflinching look at the power of family.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Sara Chevy Chase, MD, United States 04-18-10
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    This book combines mystery, family saga, racial politics, and incredible character development. It's a great story made even better by perfect narration.

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    tracey ONEIDA, NY, United States 01-02-14
    tracey ONEIDA, NY, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    Where does Sweeping Up Glass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narrator was amazing, was immersed in the story


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes absolutely


    Have you listened to any of Lorna Raver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    If you could take any character from Sweeping Up Glass out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Olivia she was so strong


    Any additional comments?

    Great book

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    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA 08-16-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Horrible, Uses Every Cliché They Can Think Of"

    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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