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The Glass Wives

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,571 ratings  ·  249 reviews
Evie and Nicole Glass share a last name. They also shared a husband.

When a tragic car accident ends the life of Richard Glass, it also upends the lives of Evie and Nicole, and their children. There's no love lost between the widow and the ex. In fact, Evie sees a silver lining in all this heartache—the chance to rid herself of Nicole once and for all. But Evie wasn't coun
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 7th 2013)
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Judy Collins
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The debut novel THE GLASS WIVES by Amy Sue Nathan was nicely done- fresh and contemporary.

The family unit (non-traditional) is the main element of the novel, with Evie Glass as the main character, and finds herself raising her 10 yr-old twins (Sophie and Sam) alone after her ex-husband dies in a tragic accident.

Then comes Richard’s second wife, Nichole who is also raising her toddler son (Luca). The second wife (former mistress) turns to the first wife (oh, you really have to humble yourse
Book of Secrets
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm having trouble deciding how I feel about this book. THE GLASS WIVES is told from the point of view of Evie Glass, who divorced Richard after he had an affair with Nicole. Nicole marries Richard, but becomes his widow after he's killed in an accident. The two women are left to raise his children - Evie has Sophie and Sam, 10-year old twins, and Nicole has an infant boy named Luca.

Both women are struggling financially with loss of support and delays in life insurance benefits. Nicole suggests
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I am so lucky to have received an advanced copy of my childhood friend's debut novel! And I was not disappointed!!

Amy describes her characters with loving detail; you understand who they are and what motivates them. Having gone through the loss of a parent at the age of ten, I relate to the emotions of Evie and her children and many of the situations in which they find themselves. I was fascinated by the blending of the families and the resulting modern family she created. Amy handled these dif
PacaLipstick Gramma
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: goodreads-win
I received an ARC through a Goodreads Giveaway.

The author created a believable situation that was certainly unique, and probably not so desirable, but in all likelihood, has happened more often than we think.

I did not care for the main character, Evie. She didn't want to lose her home because she didn't have enough money to make mortgage payments, but didn't really actively pursue trying to better her financial situation, or curb her spending habits. She just waited for the insurance money to fa
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book had great potential but ultimately just didn't hit the mark. Here's why:

* Many of the characters irritated me. This included Evie, whose desire to be a doormat to everyone from her children to her husband's mistress / widow made me want to scream, Nicole, whose cluelessness about everything from her dead husband's ex-wife to her oddly portrayed mother also made me want to scream, and Beth / Laney's formulaic character profiles who - you guessed it - made me want to scream.

* The story d
Therese Walsh
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
An intricate look at one woman's struggles as she works through unexpected loss and new challenges to redefine the concept of 'family.' Culturally rich, believable, and ultimately engrossing. ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

I've been following Any Sue Nathan's blog, Women’s Fiction Writers for a while, appreciating it's focus on an often maligned genre that I enjoy. When I discovered her debut novel, The Glass Wives, available for review on Netgalley I jumped at the chance to read it.

In the Glass Wives, the unexpected demise of Richard Glass threatens to shatter Evie's hard won, post-divorce equilibrium. While supporting her eleven year old twins, Sophie and Sam, as they mourn the loss of their father, Evie is forc
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, fiction

I read The Glass Wives right after reading The Lost Husband, and in some ways I felt it did affect my appreciation of the book. Both books have slightly similar themes, telling the stories of widows grieving and raising their children alone. The mood was incredibly different though : where The Lost Husband had been light and fun and super cute, I found The Glass Wives to be quieter, heavier and more serious. Not in a bad way, just in a different way.

I have to say I found this novel's idea
Julie Kibler
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: book clubs, women's fiction fans
I read an early copy of The Glass Wives, provided by the author, and thought it was fabulous.

I love the premise--
A woman's ex-husband dies, leaving not only her children without a father, but his widow and her child without a father, too. Evie Glass would like nothing more than for Nicole and her child to quietly disappear from her life now that Richard Glass is dead, but Nicole has other things in mind. When she proposes moving in with Evie to share expenses and childcare duties and to keep th
3.5 stars,rounded up to 4.

The Glass Wives by Amy Sue Nathan is a story of the restructuring of a family’s life, following the death of Richard Glass, who was husband of one Mrs Glass and ex-husband of another.

In her debut novel, the author looks closely at family relationships, close friendship and what happens if you “step outside the box”. As a result, some unusual and controversial decisions are made by the two main characters, Evie and Nicole, which lead to the breakdown and rebuilding of
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I finished the last page of "The Glass Wives" and had to close my misty eyes -- to hold in a tear and take a quiet second to soak the story into my heart. I just loved this book ... I loved how Amy Sue Nathan fleshed out a story and characters that realigned the version of "a normal family." As a step-mother (and happily part of a "not so normal" family), I related to thoughts, feelings, and situations that BOTH Evie and Nicole battled through.

The Glass Wives is one of my new faves ... and I'm
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Did not enjoy this book. A good indicator of a good book for me is to fly thru it. This was drudgery. I could not relate to the characters and I felt the main character was somewhat self-righteousness when her friend confessed to her something that happended over 20 years ago. Even though it smoothed itself out, it was painful to read. The plot was thin and not an engaging. It was hard to care for the people in the story. You either have a character that you fall in love with or you love to hate ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm having trouble deciding if I love this book or not. I'm happy with the happiness of the storyline but wonder if that is even a possible outcome in real life. I wanted Evie to stand up for herself more often. Overall a good chic lit book that was a fast read.

See my review here --->
Kristi Fleming
This book was just ok for me. Parts were extremely slow and I didn't really buy into the premise, nor did I like the characters. I did like learning about the Jewish funeral traditions but felt the book was flat. ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did, but it wasn't your typical (aka boring/repetitive/shallow) "women's fiction" book and I ended up really enjoying it. An interesting collection of characters and I felt the plot moved along quickly, but without leaving you missing anything. ...more
Valarie Kinney
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Loved the premise, but not the execution. Did not connect with any of the characters at all. There's nothing remotely relatable about any of them. They move through the story making random choices that seem to make no sense. They just all felt like cardboard cutouts. I nearly quit reading but kept thinking something great would happen to save the book. It didn't. ...more
Kim Bruce Daniel
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. Caught me right from the beginning to see how the relationship would be after time.
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
I had read the summary of the book on the back cover and thought what an innovative plot! Evie Glass, mother of twins, divorced from Richard, who cheated on her with a younger woman finds herself with a dead ex-husband. While she has no more love for the man as a husband, she has to think of the twins he fathered and left behind. The "real" widow, Nicole Glass, thinks that she and Richard's young son are now bound together as FAMILY. Evie wants none of it. Yes, the young son is the half-brother ...more
Katie Kenig
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
This book has been on my to-read list on the library website for a while now, and I can't remember why it originally made it onto that list, but I've been trying to work through that (as it has more than 100 on it, and my list here has more than 500 on it, and they only overlap a little - oy vey).

At any rate, I'm not sure what I think about this book. I was, by turns, entertained and annoyed by it. There were often times I had trouble with my suspension of disbelief because the characters were
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Richard Glass died unexpectedly, he left behind a wife, Nicole, and baby Luca—but he also left an ex-wife Evie and twins Sophie and Sam.

The ex-wife and widow combine their efforts to sit shiva after the death. And Evie thinks that will be the final connection between her and Nicole. After all, Nicole was the last straw that came between Richard and Evie that led to their divorce three years before.

But things don't always work out the way we think, and when Nicole starts showing up on Evie's
Jul 31, 2014 marked it as abandoned
i made it a little over the halfway point in this book. then i started to wonder if i had maybe put the same disc in twice, or if it was skipping tracks, because the main character kept obsessing over the same things over and over and over.

the book is about a woman, evie, who has 10 year old twins. three years ago her ex-husband, richard, left her for a younger woman named nicole. richard and nicole have a baby boy named luca. at the beginning of the book, richard has just died in a car acciden
Arlena Dean
By: Amy Sue Nathan
Published By: St Martin's Griffin
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA

"The Glass Wives" by Amy Sue Nathan was a different kind of read for me but it was a good contemporary read about relationships and family.

The story as on the back of the cover:

“There’s no love lost between the ex and the widow.” No question this is an understatement. It’s been several years since Nicole Glass had an affair with, then married Evie Glass’s husband,
Bonnie Schroeder
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Evie Glass’ world comes apart when her ex-husband Richard dies unexpectedly in a car crash. Suddenly left on her own with her ten-year-old twins, Evie also faces financial hardship because Richard’s support payments will stop. Richard remarried and had a child, Luca, with his newer, younger wife Nicole, who appears hell-bent on creating a relationship with Evie. In a way it makes sense: the twins spent a lot of time with their father and his new wife and have become attached to Nicole, and espec ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it

When you think about it, the concept behind The Glass Wives is so unique, really, could YOU imagine inviting the woman who broke up your marriage to live with you after the death of her husband, your ex-husband? Evie's two closest friends Beth and Laney think that she has lost her ever-lovin mind and don't waste any opportunity to let her know it, too. And maybe she has, but I can totally understand that she felt it was really her only option. I can also u
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
The Glass Wives by Amy Sue Nathan is about family, infidelity, divorce, and trust. The premise is that a man has died leaving behind an ex-wife and a new wife, who just happened to be the mistress that precipitated the divorce from the first Mrs. Glass. Both women have children and this is what initially forces them to maintain contact and a relationship with each other, even though the first Mrs. Glass would probably rather crawl across broken glass. Their situation is a little contrived but ok ...more
Literary Mama
Oct 07, 2013 added it
Shelves: fiction
In The Glass Wives, Nathan's debut novel, Evie Glass finds her ex-husband's new wife, Nicole, on her doorstep with packed bags and an infant son. This second Mrs. Glass has decided that the Glass wives should deal with their husband's sudden death together: share a roof, some finances, and babysitting while the estate settles and the smoke of their lives clears. Evie, mother of twins Sam and Sophie, doesn't like her replacement's low slung jeans, her tattoo, or her size two figure. She doesn't l ...more
Samantha Hoffman
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Glass Wives not only has a great title but it has a unique story about two women who were married to the same man – not at the same time, of course – and how one finds herself a widow and the other, Evie, finds herself…well, the ex-wife of a dead man. Now Evie thinks she will be free of this second wife but she has overlooked the bond her children have with their little stepbrother. Through an odd set of circumstances the two women and three children find themselves living together.
Nathan te
Ellen Wiseman
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-pregnant
Within the first few pages of The Glass Wives, I knew I was in the capable hands of a skilled author. Not only does this book have a great title and intriguing premise, but Amy Sue Nathan's characters are beautifully drawn, her story-telling are abilities top notch, and the story is told with wit and charm. I truly admired the main character, Evie, for her bravery, honesty, and compassion, but most of all I loved her determination to follow her heart and make up her own mind. This wonderful, hea ...more
Sharon Chance
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amy Sue Nathan weaves together an amazing story of family, friendship and the difficulties of combining families in “The Glass Wives.” She takes her readers into the Jewish culture as well as Evie attempts to reconcile her traditions and ways with Nicole’s Gentile ones. The storyline, told from Evie’s point of view, moves along quickly and keeps the readers engaged in the lives of these women who are trying to do the right thing for their kids, but finding it so hard to adapt to the unusual circ ...more
Puja Narula
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
It is never easy to share the presence of a loved one, but when you have to share an absence it is even worse. Think of all that can go wrong in a marriage and it does... then all you can do to make that situation livable... The Glass Wives is all about making the best of a situation in the worst, most tragic circumstances.

A good mother can be the most loving, peaceful person and the most forgiving, but if a person threatens the security of her child(ren), see that woman change into a vengeful w
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