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The Girl in the Green Glass Mirror

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  117 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Hailed for her “remarkably accomplished and poignant work” (Washington Post), acclaimed author Elizabeth McGregor returns with a haunting love story about two lost souls brought together by chance—and bonded forever by a mystery that transcends madness, tragedy, and time itself....

Catherine Sergeant is adept at going through the motions. After losing her parents at an earl...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Bantam (first published 2004)
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First, tell me your feelings about Richard Dadd.

What? You don't know who Richard Dadd is?

Maybe this book is not for you.

If you do like Dadd's art, and want to spend a couple hours listening to characters who like Dadd talk about him, this is your book.

There is not a lot of plot; description and emotion are central here. Through Dadd, his art, and the characters of Catherine, John, Robert, and Helen, McGregor meditates on various forms of loss and need. Dadd, the famously mad Victorian painter, l...more
Mike Ehlers
This book kept popping up when I was searching my library's catalog for a book with a similar title. After looking up Richard Dadd I decided I had a vague interest in his work. So in an effort to keep variety in my reading, I picked up the book.

Dadd was far and away the best part of the book, and the author did an excellent job with the sections on his life. The other, modern characters were done well, and McGregor's writing is good, but I didn't really care about their love story. But what rema...more
I'm guessing I'll forget this book within a year. Nonetheless, it was interesting to know that the painter in this book wasn't fictional.
This is a very interesting book. I just love books inspired by art. McGregor links her book with the artist Richard Dadd. And it has certainly inspired me to look up some of his other paintings beyond those mentioned in the book! Both his artwork and lifestory as they are presented here are absolutely fascinating! I even njoyed the rather horrific descriptions about Dadd's time in Bedlam as well. It is just such a riveting read, full of interesting details! And it has a fast pacing to it as well...more
Maria Tinawi
This book wasn't as entertaining as I thought it would be. Although it's a romance, I hardly saw a plot or a conflict revolving around the love-life between two characters. Sure there was a bit of that theme, but the book mostly talked about paintings, and secrets. Hardly anything was suspenseful as to shock me in the climax. I hardly felt attracted towards the book. I kept reading it though thinking, hoping that something might occur that'll make me gasp. Nothing. I hope I don't have to read su...more
Shonna Froebel
Story around painter Richard Dadd.
Very good.
Good book; I enjoyed the mix of art and romance. Very interesting that a true-life painter was used - I'm a bit of a romantic so loved that someone who's first marriage was crap (& she didn't even know it) found such a wonderful man to share a bit of time with. Better to share a small time with someone so fabulous than a lifetime with a jerk!!
I was halfway through this book before I realized that the artist, Richard Dadd, whose strange and wonderful paintings bring the two main characters together, was a real person. I had never heard of him before. This novel alternates between two time periods, and has lots of wonderful detail about art. I loved it.
this is fun because of what you learn about the artist who's not even really in the story. it's also a compelling love story but only moderately well written with lovely descriptions of the english countryside. different times echoing toward one another through art, nice concept.
Heather McCubbin
If you like art combined with romance then this book will be one you should read. It was a quick read, sometimes a bit clumsy with how much time passed between certain situations, but overall it was a good lesson in human behavior and a bit of an art history lesson as well!
Melinda Jane Harrison
I wanted to add this to my list. It's a very interesting novel and another one of those that I feel is an acquired taste. You need to love art and art history to enjoy it.
I am always surprised certain books get great ratings. I found this book quite cheesy at times, enough to put it down and never pick it up again.
Alane Kataria-Rennie
This book is about art and almost required pictures.
Couldn't get into it. Gave up on page 98.
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Elizabeth McGregor also writes as Holly Fox.

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