Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall

I heard about Sweeping Up Glass from a coworker (she loaned me her copy). She described it as a mystery. While there is a mystery element to it, it's the story of Olivia, as she grows up in Kentucky and lives her life in the same small town she was born in. The mystery is normal life-who you are, where you come from-not who dun it?
This is Wall's debut book and I cannot wait for her second book. The writing is beautiful. Toward the end it was so fast paced that I had trouble keeping things straight and had to go back and reread a few paragraphs. The story flows so well like Olivia was sitting with me, telling me about Ida, Will'm, Wing, Love Alice, and Junk. There are underlying themes of racism and poverty. Well and the racism does wind up as part of the mystery. This book is about life. The good, the bad, the love, the failures, the shameful bits, and the heart stopping, take your breath away moments. I highly recommend this book.
Others who read Sweeping Up Glass: Ms. Bealls Book Blog, Life In The Thumb, Musings of A Bookish Kitty, Whimpulsive, and Beth Fish Reads.


  1. Sounds nice, so this is the start of review week then :)

  2. This was a favorite of mine from last year. I thought it was spectacular. You know it didn't really get a lot of press and that's sad, because she's talented. And like you I can't wait for her next one.

  3. Thanks so much for linking my review. It's been months since I read this book, but I still vividly remember the characters. I will also be watching for Carolyn Wall's next book.

    I love seeing others enjoy books I've liked. Glad you liked this one.


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