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On Broken Glass: Loving and Losing John Gardner

3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
This intimate portrait of a major American writer explores his tumultuous creative life and is a candid memoir of a love affair cut short by his violent death. "DIED. John Gardner, 49," read the Time magazine obituary, "prolific author of stylistically adventuresome fiction, enthusiastic teacher and sometimes, messianic literary critic, of injuries sustained when he lost c ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 10th 2000 by Da Capo Press (first published October 2000)
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Lisa Nienhaus
Jul 06, 2015 Lisa Nienhaus rated it it was ok
The premise of this book was really good: a biography of Author John Gardner, who was by all accounts an alcoholic, a womanizer as well as author. This book was written by Susan Thornton who was to be his third wife had John not passed away days before their wedding. Sound like a good book? What prevented it from getting more than two stars? For me, the writing. I feel like the story lined jumped around way too much from past things that happened to present tense, and that was hard to follow. Bu ...more
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Jul 13, 2009 Erica Zwick rated it did not like it
This book made me physically ill. This was NOT a love story. The relationship was entirely pathological and destructive.
Dec 08, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful, frightening book, full of heartbreak, and for that reason, quite brave.
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