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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."
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
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
When the ow...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
However, the ending to me was a bit bizarre in...more
Along with the entire population of America, Sexton is blindsided b...more
I enjoyed this book. I thought the flow of the story was very smooth, the characters fully fleshed and well developed, and the story line interesting. I liked that it was told from the perspective of several different characters, and I identified strongly with Honora. She did what she thought was right with her life, and followed her morals and her upbringing, but she was trapped in a marriage that was started with the best of intentions but just wasn’t right for her. They had definite h...more
Quillen McDermott, a loom fixer at the local mills, works hard to keep his younger brothers out of the mills. Alpho...more
Sea Glass is placed in one of my favorite genre's The Great Depression but it is not simply the "doing without/nearly starving" aspect of that time but is placed in a coastal town in New England during the unionization of Mill workers. Basically, the story centers on Honora, a bride of a few weeks, and the peo...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
Sea Glass by Anita Shreve is a narrative novel that unfolds during the tight times of the Depression. It highlights the lives of two newlyweds and those that encompass their tight, but varied circle of friends, co-workers, and comrades.
It's a truly gripping account of the nitty gritty life of people trying to make it in a time of bread lines and strikes. From the couple just starting out to the privileged elite, the effects of the times touched all.
It was a bit confusing getting in to the book because each chapter (maybe only a page or two long) switches between characters...more
I have always loved collecting bits of rock and shells and sea glass washed smooth by the ocean, rivers an...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
The fictional town on Ely Falls (where both Fortune's Rocks and and Sea Glass took place) is a place to fall hopeless in love with the wrong man. Both books touch on this storyline and I thought that was interesting. The characters in the story are likable and the chapters are divided up into their unique stories.
I like how S...more