Sea Glass: A Novel
My favorite quaote from the book:
"The only problem with looking for sea glass", Sexton says one day when he and Honora are walking along the beach, "is that you never look up. You never see the view. You never see the houses or the ocean because you're afraid you'll miss something in the sand."
When the ow...more
Sexton, a fast-talking typewriter salesman, and Honora married after knowing each other for a short time. The newlyweds moved into a large neglected house along the New Hampshire shore in 1929. After the stock market crash, Honora found out her husband was not totally honest in obtaining a loan for the house. Sexton lost his job and his car, and could only find a new job at the mill.
The working conditions at the mill were terrible, and the mill owners decided to reduce the meager wages...more
I always love the way Anita Shreve writes about character interaction. Using her words, I can always picture exactly the way a person is moving, smiling, speaking, and how they are feeling. Maybe that's why I'm so addicted to her des...more
Some Anita Shreve novels grab you from the start and don't let you go, while others are nearly impossible to get into. Sea Glass is the former.
The plot and the characters are captivating, and the book provides a great history lesson on the early years of the labor movement in New England. I must say, I didn't know much about that topic...more
I wish it were a better book. It's nice summer reading, if you're not part of the "I only read happy books" crowd. It's not a happy book. But it never reaches tragedy, because, well, Shreve just can't get it there. She relies too much on archetypes to develop true characters for...more
Honora meets and marries Sexton, learning to love him. He's a salesman willing to do whatever it takes for his ego or to get what he wants. He loses his job not only because of the Depression but because of him lying to a bank. He then somehow turns this into Honora expecting too mu...more
It was a bit confusing getting in to the book because each chapter (maybe only a page or two long) switches between characters a...more
I always love the way Anita Shreve writes about character interaction. Using her words, I can always picture exactly the way a person is moving, smiling, speaking, and how they are feeling. Maybe that's why I'm so addicted to her despite the fact that half of her books are disappointing.
Each chapter is told from the point of view of a different character, and eventually their lives begin to intersect. It begins in the su...more
A summer beach house, a summer romance that turns into a marriage, the whole summer of school. Who doesn’t dream of these things? But things don’t always turn put the way were dream of them happening.
“Sea Glass,” by Anita Shreve tells the story of a five very different people, from very different back rounds, all brought together in the most intricate ways, beautifully described in this book. From driving their Buick, to days spent on the beach searching for sea glass, Sex...more
"Sea Glass" takes place in the late 1920s/early 1930s so the characters...more
Anita Shreve is one of those authors who I love to pick up and ponder over in the bookshop. I love to buy her books and have them sitting waiting to be read. But for no good reason it seems to take me ages to get around to actually reading the books. It feels like the books will be work to read. I don't know where I get this from because when I do eventually pick the books up to read I find them absorbing and fascinating reads. This one was no exception.
I was surprised to find the story set in...more