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Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall
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Mar 29, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009, literary-fiction, top-10-of-2009
Recommended to M by: Lisa McCormack and other sales reps
Recommended for: those who liked To Kill a Mockingbird and God of Animals
Read in March, 2009

This book came out of nowhere. Previously published by a small press, it has been virtually unknown (though Oprah's O Magazine did bestow its accolades). It is the little book that could; a gem of a novel in the same vein as a favorite of mine, God of Animals by Aryn Kyle and fairly reminiscent of one of the grandmothers of modern Southern fiction whose classic child heroine I compare every child narrator to... Harper Lee's Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Olivia Harker Cross, Wing Harris, Love Alice Hartley, Junk Hartley, Ida, Pauline and little Will'm and other members of Pope County, Kentucky will stay with me long after others have come and gone. A bibliophile's memory can only hold so much. But this book packs it on. The charm is unbeatable, the voice clear and crisp as a wolf's howl, and the story as simple, yet moving as they come. Expect big things from this wonderful find.
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