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Dancing on Broken Glass

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An unvarnished portrait of a marriage that is both ordinary and extraordinary, Dancing on Broken Glass takes readers on an unforgettable journey of the heart.

Lucy Houston and Mickey Chandler probably shouldn’t have fallen in love, let alone gotten married. They’re both plagued with faulty genes—he has bipolar disorder; she, a ravaging family history of breast cancer. But...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Gallery Books
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Okay, so I finished this novel with tears streaming down my face along with a box of Kleenex by my side. This has got to be the saddest, most emotional book that I have EVER read! All I can say is WOW! How did the author pull this off without crying herself...or maybe she did? I really just don’t know where she got the heart and sensitivity to write a book like this. I guess that’s why she’s the author and I’m the reader. So, with that being said, Ms. Hancock creates the story of two damaged sou...more
I have written the first sentence multiple times and I'm still struggling how to begin. I want to be careful so I don't give spoilers without warning so I might be vague. There are so many facets of this book that I loved. I'll start with the first thing that comes to my mind.

Mickey and Lucy are complex and wonderful people. We meet Lucy first as a child as she sees Death for the first time. Death is not a verb but a noun. Death is female and not frightening. She is comforting and peaceful. At t...more
Meg ♥
I won this through Firstreads giveaways, and I would like to thank the author for providing this book for me to read.

This book seriously impressed me. It had something for everyone. I was hooked from the first chapter to be honest, and I did not want to put it down. This book has beautiful writing, great characters, and an amazing story.

The synopsis says that these two should not have fallen in love, let alone gotten married. That has been said about so many famous literary couples, but this is...more
Trish Feehan

Dancing on Broken Glass is life-affirming and unapologetically sentimental. It’s also a raw and realistic portrayal of people coping with life’s truly tough challenges. It’s about mental illness, up close and personal. And cancer, up close and personal. It’s about the genetic luck of the draw. It’s a story about community, about a tight fabric of people who’ve known each other their whole lives and who support and care for...more
Bazen öyle kitaplar oluyor ki verdiğim puan yeterli gelmiyor. Bu kitapta işte öyleydi. 5 değil 100 hak eden bir kitap.

Başlarken oldukça duygusal bir kitap olduğunu söylemek isterim. Çoğu yerde gözlerim dolarak okudum ama son düzlükte öyle etkilendim ki ağlamaktan okuyamadım. En son hangi kitap hem böyle kahretti hem de böyle huzurlu hissettirdi bilmiyorum.

21 yaşındaki Lucy, Mickey’le karşılaştığında kendisi gibi sorunlarla boğuştuğunu bilmiyordu. Houston kardeşlerin geleceklerinin kanserle anlaş...more
Orijinali Kitap Esintisi adresinde.

Hiçbir kitabın yorumunda şu anki gibi hissedip, gözyaşlarım görüşümü bulandırırken yazmaya başlamadım. Ama şimdi yazamazsam bu kitabı daha iyi ne zaman anlatırım bilemedim. Bu bir dram kitabı. Adından, konusundan, tipinden, her şeyinden belli. Benim dram içerikli her şeyden kaçıp, dramın babasının içine düşmem inanılmaz ironik. Aynı Yıldızın Altında’yı da okudum, ama bunun gibi hissetmediğim kesin. Evet ona da ağladım, çok üzüldüm, doğru. Ama buradaki hikaye ya...more
Rebecca McDewell
Based on the brief glimpse at the synopsis, this was a must read. Having lived with a spouse with a serious mental illness encouraged me to jump right on board. I'm SO glad I did. I had no idea it would touch the NICU nurse in me, the petrified mother in me, the small town girl, the at-odds with her family girl, the everyone in me. Yes, it was difficult to read at times and completely flayed my heart in two. So has life - on a semi-regular basis.

This is a book about pure love through generation...more
I don't write a lot of reviews, and I've totally spaced keeping my shelf here updated. But this book blew me out of the water, so I have to mention it. Lyrical, gorgeous writing, with characters that are flawed, deep, and absolutely real. I felt like I knew them so well that I'd recognize them and want to give them a hug if we ever crossed paths. It's the kind of women's fiction I aspire to write myself and it inspired me to keep digging and keep growing as a writer.

A suggestion, though: Don't...more
Questo romanzo è una scheggia.

Una piccola ma appuntita scheggia, conficcata in profondità, difficile da tirare via, impossibile da dimenticare. Penetra, improvvisa, in un solo fulmineo istante fin nelle profondità più buie dell’animo e, raschiando, tocca il fondo.

Questo romanzo è simile proprio ad un pezzo di vetro rotto.

Non è stata una lettura semplice. Non è stata neppure una lettura confortante, inutile negarlo. Non è stata un’evasione spensierata dalla cruda concretezza della vita quotidiana...more
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Alison Armstrong
Although I don't usually like to read books that are described as "tearjerkers," I was drawn to this one because of the subject matter--a couple dealing with mental illness and cancer--and this book did not disappoint. It was very sad, but not depressing; I found it very moving and even inspiring in a way.

I was married to a good man with severe mental illness for twelve years, and I have to say that so much of this book rang true. Lucy, the book's heroine, resigns herself to the day-to-day uncer...more
Dancing on Broken Glass
Ka Hancock
On occasion a novel comes along that shows strong depth of love, a boundless love that in this throwaway society, stands firm. The kind of relationship we all long for in our souls, but would be willing to count the cost for it?
Lucy and Mickey attempt to beat the odds in their lives to pledge their undying love to one another. Lucy, whose family lineage is gone from breast cancer and has overcome herself. Mickey who is bi-polar and has a personality that can go...more
Cheryl Christensen
My neighborhood book club chose this book for our fist meeting in a while. It was recommended and well received. The book was a great choice for a group because of the timely topics provided by the story for discussion. I will return to those in a moment because I want to give you my impressions first.

I was extremely touched by this book. It is a raw look at life with the many health issues that are faced in today’s world. This was no fantasy or horror story, but rather a “what if” life lesson....more
This is, for sure, one of the most emotional and heart-wrenching books I've ever read. But, I must say, I struggled with this book early on for several chapters, almost giving up - too drawn out. I'm so glad I continued on. This is a wonderful story about deep family love, sacrifice, pain, grief, and survival.

Breast cancer has wiped out Lucy Houston's maternal line. She has faulty genes. Mickey Chandler is seriously flawed with bipolar disorder. Perhaps their captivating romance bloomed where se...more
Desideravo leggere questo libro da moltissimo tempo, sentivo che mi chiamava dagli scaffali delle librerie. E' la storia di Lucy e Mickey, marito e moglie innamoratissimi ma con un grosso peso sulle spalle: lui soffre di disordine bipolare, lei ha avuto il cancro al seno. Per questo motivo decidono di non aver figli, in quanto le difficoltà sono troppe e i rischi di far ereditare i geni sbagliati sono altissimi. La natura però, incurante di questo, farà il suo corso.
E' un libro molto dolce (for...more
Dancing on Broken Glass is Ka Hancock's debut. That is hard to believe, because its one of the most true to life books I've read. I almost put it down half way through, because it was hard for me to read about Lucy's cancer. It is a love story, one that is imperfect, but yet so true. It's also about the love of 3 sisters. I've never cried like I did as I finished this, but it was so worth it! I will not soon forget this book. When Ka Hancock writes her next, I will be the first to buy it! If you...more
Audrey Grant
Mar 22, 2012 Audrey Grant rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Audrey by: Goodreads
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Thank you so much! I am so thrilled to have won this book! I really wanted to read this book and now I get to! I can't wait!

WOW!! I received the book today! That is three days from when I was told I won! I have never gotten a book to Alaska that fast!! I am thrilled! Thank you, Thank you!!

The more I read the more I was involved in their lives! I was even crying as I read, that is so very rare for me!
This book reaches in and pulls out the deepest thoughts and fears of both the wife and the husban...more
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The best thing about a book club is books like this. The description does not make me want to read it, even the great ratings couldn't make me want to read it. BUT, if it's the book club selection and I have a library deadline to meet, I'm going to finish this book or fall asleep trying.

From the beginning, I was engrossed. The story where the narrator sees Death, who is a Her, has me engaged from the start. I enjoyed some the back-and-forth of the storytelling, which I am normally apprehensive a...more
Hanife Albayrak
Aynı zamanda ÜKG Blog Tur adına Romancekolikte yayınlanmıştır.

Bazı kitaplar sizinle kalır derler ya sanırım bu kitap duygusal açıdan benimle kalacaklar arasında. Benim için hassas bir nokta olan kanser ve bipolar bozukluğu olan çiftimizin yaşadıkları zorluklar konu alınıyor. Kitap okuduğum süreçte hep kurgu ve aşk romanları okumuş biri olarak hüzünlü, mutlu sonu olmayan şeylere gelemiyor, aşırı etkileniyor, etkisinden de bir süre kurtulamıyor iken buluyorum kendimi.

Bu sebepledir ki hep temkinl
I enjoyed the concept of this book as it is rare to read a love story that involves someone with bipolar disorder. Lucy is able to see past the illness and fall in love with the man, even when the realities of the illness rear their undeniable heads. I can tell, however, that this book is a "first" book. I feel that this author is talented and hope to read her future works. That being said, this book needed about 100 pages trimmed. She showed us how people we love can help us to heal from crushi...more
Lorena LG
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Ho incontrato la Morte a una festa. Era il dodicesimo compleanno di mia sorella Priscilla e io avevo cinque anni. Non era particolarmente spaventosa, la Morte, ma sul suo conto dovevo ancora scoprire tutto, perciò vederla non mi suscitò nessuna impressione negativa. Finché non compresi che era venuta per mio padre.
Si apre così uno dei romanzi più toccanti dell’ultimo decennio. Una storia dolce e commuovente...more
I am struggling with my thoughts on this one even as I type this I am unsure what I will write.

Let me start by saying this book is really, really good and solid story. I couldn't stop reading it even when I wanted too. I want you to keep this in mind as I continue with my review. It really was a great book. Yes there is a "but" in here.

The book deals with so many dark things, bipolar and incurable cancer. Then you have the light things, strong family bonds and pregnancy. You would hope the lig...more
To say that I loved this book would be an understatement, that is how much it touched me. I finished this one before work and couldn't stop thinking about it the whole time I was there and telling everyone that they needed to read it too. I won't go into a synopsis of the story line since plenty others already have, just my opinion on the novel itself.

This was one of the most heart wrenching yet beautiful stories that I have ever read, I read in another review that it was sad but not depressing...more
Jocelyn Wharton
I have made feeble attempts at reviewing other books but I always find it hard because everyone's interpretation of work of literature is different and rightfully so. I am sure that the same could even apply to "Dancing on Broken Glass" as well, but I find myself completely capable of a sharing my thoughts.

"Dancing on Broken Glass" is by far one of the best pieces of literature I have ever read. To put it simply, its stunning and painfully beautiful. It may not sit with the likes of Charles Dic...more
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, but found myself fascinated beginning with the first line of the Prologue: "I met Death at a party." The main character, Lucy, maintains her strength and resiliency through tragedies in her life and through her marriage to Mickey, who has Bipolar Disorder. I don't know much about mental illness in general or Bipolar Disorder in particular, but I thought the discussion of Mickey's illness was handled very well and made the topic accessible. M...more
Merve  Özcan
Bebekler gibi, hıçkıra hıçkıra ağladım. Anlatımıyla, kurgusuyla, karakterleriyle mükemmel bir kitap. Bugünü turda uzun yorumumu okuyabilirsiniz.
Tüm KAzedelere allahtan sabır diliyorum.

LİNKTEN TAM YORUMU OKUYABİLİRSİNİZ. http://www.kitabisevda.com/2013/12/18...
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Liz Butler
This is definitely an emotional read. It's heart-wrenching and sad and not one to be read while on an airplane. Trust me, that is not the place to be when you're doing the ugly cry. But it's a good story with likable characters who face incredible life hurdles.
One of the best books I've read in some time. The characters were great, I felt like I knew each one of them personally and i really felt for them. I read this book in no time and would recommend reading it.
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Ka was born and raised in Utah in the shadow of the most spectacular mountains on earth. A lifelong learner with two degrees in nursing, her expertise is in the field of mental health. Somewhere between raising her family, going to school, working and getting the laundry done, she managed to write a novel that takes an unvarnished look at imperfect love, loss, and bipolar disorder. Her underlying...more
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