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3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  4,932 Ratings  ·  721 Reviews
A sparkling debut novel in the vein of The Friday Night Knitting Club, centered around a Midwestern vintage clothing shop and a group of women who eventually transform the store and each others' lives.

At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell . . . and so do the women who are drawn there.

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Hardcover, 310 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by William Morrow (first published 2014)
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Aug 14, 2016 Myrna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great book from beginning to end with likeable characters and a great vintage boutique setting.
Whitney Baine
Feb 23, 2014 Whitney Baine rated it it was ok
Vintage was a good and easy read from start to finish. It's the perfect vacation read- not too heavy, a bit cliche, and you could see the end coming from a mile away. But, nevertheless, it was a delightful and worthwhile read. My favorite part of the book was the various backgrounds that the characters came from. Despite different upbringings, we all share the common desire of wanting to love and be loved in return. There are three central characters in the book and each chapter revolves around ...more
Rebecca Anderson-brown
Aug 13, 2013 Rebecca Anderson-brown rated it it was amazing
Susan Gloss's debut novel is a beautifully written novel about the intricacies of women's lives at all different times in their lives. Gloss has a way with words that at once creates beautiful images and also soothes the reader. Her prose is flowing and graceful and full of the details that make a setting and characters come alive. Her three main characters, Violet, April and Amithi jump off the page and beg the reader to take an interest in their lives. Her cast of "back up" singers is equally ...more
Jul 12, 2014 Patty rated it really liked it
Susan Gloss

My " in a nutshell" summary...

A vintage store and some ladies with issues...that's the makeup of this book!

My thoughts after reading this book...

Violet loves old things...she finds them, collects them and sells them in her vintage shop.
Violet seems to also collect people...some good...some bad...she has a horrible ex husband, a lovely dog and a mismatched collection of friends. Basically she is happy in spite of being forced out of her lease, wanting a baby, and dealing with
Lisa Alber
Mar 25, 2014 Lisa Alber rated it it was amazing
I read VINTAGE during a stressful time. During the day, I couldn't wait to get back to Susan Gloss's wonderful tale of three women who meet in a vintage clothing store. I'd climb into bed and sigh as I sank into Gloss's world of vintage clothes, women's friendships, and life transformations. There's Violet, the owner of Hourglass Vintage, who faces eviction and a life without what she most wants, a baby. There's April, the unwed pregnant teen with a gift for numbers. There's Amithi, who's just ...more
Jenn O'Brien
Apr 21, 2014 Jenn O'Brien rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I enjoyed the concept of the vintage store. I loved that it was set in Madison and I knew all the locations and places the characters visited. I liked the interaction between the female characters and that they all had such varies histories. And the short inventory summaries were a clever way to start each chapter.

The problem is, I had such a hard time liking this book. The main character meets a guy from her hometown, they go see a fireworks show and then are
Natalia Sylvester
Mar 25, 2014 Natalia Sylvester rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Vintage. It's a wonderful, heartwarming story about women's friendships and how the beauty of the things we own comes from sharing them. Violet, who owns a vintage store in Madison, WI, loves listening to the stories of her customers and the vintage items they bring into the store, but she soon learns she may lose her store to developers who plan to take over the property. While she deals with her crisis, she befriends customers of the store who ...more
Heather Webb
Mar 25, 2014 Heather Webb rated it it was amazing
I spend a lot of time reading novels set in a turbulent past or those which race the clock and leave you breathless. In VINTAGE, I found a new variety of book to love--one that enfolds you in a tale of believable characters you grow to love and root for as they struggle to come to terms with the difficult times in their lives. What could be more poignant than lasting friendship? In my own life--not much, so I related well to these ladies--Amithi, Violet, and April. This novel is reminiscent of ...more
Denise Gianelli
Sep 16, 2015 Denise Gianelli rated it really liked it
Vintage is a nice, easy read with likeable, interesting characters. I am not into vintage clothing but truly enjoyed the descriptions of the clothes and jewellery. This novel has many funny moments and sad ones too. Real characters with real life problems. Will there be a sequel? Would love to stay connected with these people.
Mar 29, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
I took a chance on this book. So glad that I did. This book is a delightful treasure of a read! Violet would be happy that I called this book a treasure. I loved all three women in their own ways. The one thing that they all had in common is that they did not just sit around feeling sorry for themselves, they got up did things that empowered them as strong, independant women. Thus this is why I liked all the women a lot. Plus, each of their stories were good ones. The flow of the voices of each ...more
Apr 02, 2015 Cassandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein sehr schöner Roman um Freundschaft und Vintage-Mode.Wer gerne Secondhand kauft wird das Buch mögen.
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
3.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It is a good women’s fiction book. I would not consider this chick lit, as it has some pretty heavy issues. However, they are dealt with care, love, and enough lightness that you don’t get down while reading. There were also quite a few moments that had me giddy and smiling. Is it one I would consider reading again? I don’t think so. But it is one I would recommend.

Every now and then, I like reading stories that bring together different wome
I just finished Vintage by Susan Gloss and I really enjoyed it. The story centers around three main women: Violet Turner, who owns Hourglass Vintage clothing store; April Morgan, young teen-age pregnant girl; Amithi Singh, a woman looking for a new life after betrayal. All the main and sub characters are quirky but that was okay since it took place in a major university town where quirkiness is seen as everyday life. It seemed to mix with the atmosphere created by the author.

This was a quick and
Apr 06, 2014 Louise rated it it was amazing
HarperCollins Publishers|March 17, 2014|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-227032-0
At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell...and so do the women whose lives the store touches.
Yellow Samsonite suitcase with ivory, quilted lining, 1950s
A small-town girl with a flair for fashion, Violet Turner had always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. But while she values the personal history behind each beautiful item she sells, Violet is running f
Mar 10, 2014 Deb rated it liked it
Excited - just notified that I won this on the GoodReads giveaway program. Waiting excitedly because I am very into vintage these days.

This is a solid debut novel about a group of women dealing with life transitions - death, life, birth, divorce, marriage - and vintage clothes - in Madison Wisconsin. I would have liked even more about Madison - although I've never been there I know several people who have lived/gone to school there and I envision it as being very like Boulder CO. I think if ther
Apr 23, 2014 Evasnow rated it really liked it
If this novel were a movie (as it is, it's pretty cinematic book), the central set would be The Hourglass, the main character's vintage shop on a main street of Madison, Wisconson, inside which the characters congregate, and around which much of the plot revolves.

Vintage passes the Bechdel test with flying colors, which was a somewhat unexpected perk for me after picking up what appeared to be a very romance-oriented novel (the front cover features a wedding dress, after all). The four main char
Janie  R. Freeman

Really enjoyed reading this story! I love all things vintage,esp. vintage photos,it always makes me wonder what story there is behind the photo. And so it was in this book, the main character owned a vintage shop. I loved reading about all the treasures she had in her store.and What was very interesting was at the beginning of each chapter, the author would put in an insert of who brought in such item,etc.and it then proceeded with the character's story of that item. This story has three other
Jun 02, 2014 Holly rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I really wanted to like this. I love vintage items and thinking about what stories they could tell makes me happy. My favorite part was at the beginning of each chapter with a description of a vintage item. I really liked Violet, too. I could see myself being friends with her in real life. Now, if the story focused more on her I probably would have liked this book more than I did. Unfortunately, there was too much going on for such a short book (just over 300 pages). Possible spoilers so don't ...more
Feb 01, 2014 Mom rated it it was amazing
I was very fortunate to read a galley copy of this book. I loved the characters and the setting of Madison, WI. Madison is a university town with wonderful vintage shops, a farmer's market on the square, restaurants with locally grown foods, and creative people. This book appeals to all ages. It has the "just right" amount of tension and difficulties along with the happy everyday occurrences of life. I love to read a book in which I feel that I am connected with the characters & I feel a ...more
Jun 25, 2014 Janice rated it it was amazing
Loved the beginning of each chapter where Ms. Gloss describes one article in the main characters collection of vintage articles. She includes 1960's items as "vintage," when I was in high school, and that opened my mind to rethinking my past clothes and other memorabilia that I still have from the 60's. The story was lovely as well, and very positive. One needs that now and then! Really enjoyed the book.
Jul 18, 2015 Kellie rated it really liked it
This was a quick, easy, fun read. The book moves along as a steady pace and the characters are very believable, going through every day things that any one of us could experience. It was nice to see the events unfold to bring all of the girls closer. Everyone needs a good group of girl friends and this book definitely shows that. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Total chick lit. A very sweet, not especially impressive story about the women who enter the vintage fashion shop and buy or sell its clothing, all of which bring its history into their lives in some way. Nice for those days when you want a relaxing, easy book you don't need to concentrate on.
Nov 01, 2015 Yvel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
suesse geschicht fuer zwischendurch :-)
Review originally posted: Traveling With T

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.


Violet, the owner of Hourglass Vintage, knows the history behind the pieces in her store. The vintage pieces all have a story to tell- and Violet is only too happy to listen. Violet, though, has a past that she is not sure how to move on from. She’s moved away- and yet, still feels tied to her past. One day, she gets an unpleasant surprise. Her landlord is giving her notice to either
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Oct 12, 2013 Cynthia ☮ ❤ ❀ rated it really liked it
Review: Vintage: A Novel by Susan Gloss

Title: Vintage: A Novel
Author: Susan Gloss

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Themes: Relationships, Identity, Divorce, Motherhood, Loss, Infidelity, Friendship, Love

Setting: Madison, Wisconsin

Point of View: 3rd Person

Publisher/Publication Date: Expected publication: March 25th 2014 by William Morrow & Company

Source: Edelweiss
Rating: Four of Five Stars
Finished/Not Finished: Finished

First Line: "Beneath the Ash Trees on Johnson Street just east of campus, Hourgla
A wonderful story of friendship between women, and how their lives come together under unexpected moments. Violet owns a vintage clothing shop, and she enjoys the stories of each vintage item that she finds or gets through her shop customers. A lovely read, great characters and a book I'd recommend for anyone that enjoys a contempory fiction read.

From Amazon:
Vintage is Susan Gloss's sparkling debut novel in the vein of The Friday Night Knitting Club, centered around a Midwestern vintage clothi
May 03, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
With the pretty dress on the cover, the book screams CHICK LIT. And it is, but really good chick lit. It rattles along at a good pace, presenting the characters and their dilemmas in a realistic, non dramatic way. Violet is 38, owner of Hourglass Vintage in a funky American City. A refugee from small town America and from a failed teen marriage, she loves her new life, but is very aware of her ticking biological clock. April is 18, destined for University, but is pregnant and abandoned by her ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
This is the story of Violet, April, and Amithi, three women in various stages of life who form a friendship. Violet owns a store called Vintage, and she buys not just items - clothing, jewelry, dishes, etc. from people, but she also supplies the story of the item with potential buyers. April, young, pregnant, alone, becomes an intern at the store during her pregnancy. Amithi has been in Madison for 30 years, but is from India originally. Hers was an arranged marriage, but over the years she and ...more
Jul 17, 2015 Ruth rated it liked it
Violet escapes a bad marriage and moves several hours away in Madison. She opens her own vintage shop which has been her dream for years. Into her store and her life enter two other women. April is an 18 year old who is trying to return a wedding gown she purchased a short time before. Her marriage is off and she is noticeably pregnant. She is no longer attending classes at her high school and if she doesn't complete it, she will lose her scholarship. Amithi has been married for decades and she ...more
Apr 02, 2014 Cindy rated it liked it

Violet Turner is the owner of Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin. She is starting anew after a disastrous first marriage. As the owner of this vintage shop she buys and sells items that have a story to tell. Each chapter begins with the description of an inventory item, its date, condition and source. I really liked how the author made each item an intricate part of the story.

Other than Violet there are two other main characters. April is an unwed pregnant eighteen-year old who has an int
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Susan Gloss is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin Law School. When she's not writing fiction, Susan can be found working as an attorney, blogging at, or hunting for vintage treasures for her Etsy shop, Cleverly Curated. She lives with her family in Madison, Wisconsin.
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“Will you promise me something else, too?” Violet nodded. “Don’t make the same mistake I did and wait for the perfect time to do the things you want to do in life. For so long, I sat on my hands because I was afraid of what people would think of me—my husband, his colleagues, our friends. I was afraid to put my heart into the things I really cared about because I didn’t want to be controversial, or for people to disagree with me. Don’t do that.” 1 likes
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