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Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal
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Apr 26, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult-fiction, 20th-and-21st-century-american-lit
Read in April, 2012

Kowal's Shades of Milk and Honey was a pleasant read. Glamour in Glass surpasses it. There have been many comments about her historicity and her pleasant interweaving of regency era society and illusory magic. Both are to be commended, but what clinched that 4th star for me was the rational depiction of emotional interaction between level-headed newlyweds. Many authors use doubt and lack of communication in young lovers as catalysts for argument, pouting, petulance or foolish risk-taking in order to create a conflict that needs to be resolved and to keep the interest of the reader. Kowal instead treats those common challenges completely differently. As the main character experiences confusing behavior and communication challenges with her husband she actually schools herself to respond to them rationally and face them squarely. As a result she strenghtens her commitment rather than abandons it. This is such an improvement over the way-too-often portrayed petulant, doubting, impulsive female in fiction set in this period that I felt like standing up and cheering. Well done.
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