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Glass Voices

byCarol Bruneau

Paperback | September 30, 2007

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Seventy-one-year-old Lucy Caines’ husband suffers a severe stroke that makes Lucy reexamine her complicated relationship with the man she has variously loved and loathed. Lucy and Harry Caines’ house is destroyed in the 1917 Halifax Explosion, a catastrophe in which they lose their first child, Helena. With their second child, a boy named Jewel, the young couple carves out a life for themselves amid a survivor’s village of ramshackle houses, gambling, moonshine, and illegal fishing.

Fifty-two years later, Lucy’s son Jewel is married to the daughter of Lucy’s worst enemy, and her grandson Robert wants to quit school to go on a hippie pilgrimage. Forced to work together during Harry’s long recovery, the family gains a new perspective on the past, as a mysterious stranger is more than she seems, and a fresh loss is countered with the emergence of a new hope.Glass Voices explores the interior life of a woman who has always worked hard for her family and taken little for herself. At the thought of losing her husband, Lucy confronts her dependence on a man whose self-destructiveness has frequently isolated her.

Award-winning author Carol Bruneau’s moving portrait of a mother and her family traverses personal tragedy, two World Wars, and the social tumult of the 60s, tackling the necessity of moving on, and celebrating the possibility of finding salvation in the unlikeliest places.

Carol Bruneau is the author of two collections of short stories — After the Angel Mill (1995) and Depth Rapture (1998) — as well as three universally acclaimed novels: Glass Voices (2007), a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year; Berth (2005); and Purple for Sky, which won the City of Dartmouth Book Award and the Thomas H. Raddall Atla...
Title:Glass VoicesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.51 × 5.59 × 0.76 inPublished:September 30, 2007Publisher:Cormorant Books IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897151128

ISBN - 13:9781897151129

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glorious Carol Bruneau writes stories to get lost in. Her latest novel, Glass Voices, is simply the best thing she's done yet, and by far the most ambitious. It's a page-turner that's both shattering and redemptive. It's also a confection of words, written (like all Bruneau's books) so magically that when she describes something it's completely new and at the same time so exact that you wonder how it is she's been first to say it. This writer is pitch perfect. And the stories she tells! In Glass Voices we have a sort of stations-of-the-cross ordeal where a simple woman gutted by the greatest of all losses flounders through confusion, despair, defiance, fatigue, and hope. (For all that, Bruneau even finds room for a few laughs.) The tale is homespun and no less stirring for that. It puts Bruneau in the class of writers like McEwan and Coetzee: in telling us the sentinel truths of our time, they're writers who also "act locally but think globally." Bruneau's world in this book, like most of her books, is reduced to Nova Scotia and especially Cape Breton, but her real canvas is nothing less than the cosmos in all its heft and silence, bitter and sweet. Don't miss it.
Date published: 2008-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written and engaging Beautifully written and engaging, this eagerly awaited novel does not disappoint!! Bruneau's latest novel richly presents the historical details of The Halifax Explosion. Along with a cast of chararacters, this book reflects a true Maritime flavor and persepective. Lucy Caines reminds us that life is what one makes of it. As she overcomes the day to day obstacles that she faces. Lucy shows the nuances of human connections. This a book to savour!!
Date published: 2008-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent soulful read If a large part of why you read is to seek the answers to the big questions in life , this is the book for you. Glass Voices is not about plot, or character development , or writing style, although it has all three of these in spades, Glass Voices is about wisdom and love and redemption and transcendence. In coming to know Lucy Caines you experience the heroism required of a regular person who is living a fully conscious life of intention. Regardless of what this world throws in her path Lucy gets on with the business of keepen-on. With each step where others would grow bitter, Lucy grows more loving, I found that her courage somehow inhabited me, and if reading a book can make you a better person, I believe this one will do it. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2008-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning Glass Voices is a richly imagined self contained world. We meet human beings in the midst of life--- of heart break in the aftermath of tragedy, of getting along in the drudgery of a work a day world. Bruneau shows us people who are sometimes good and sometimes not so good to themselves and each other. TRUTH. Spirit., Soul. It's all here. I started out fascinated by, but not "liking" Lucy very much and ended up loving her. There are books you can flip through at breakneck pace and they can be well written. Fine. This is not a flip through drive by reading book. For readers who want to experience the richness of reading--- this is that book. Read a little. Let it sink in. Go back. The end result will be that Lucy and her Harry and tribe will inhabit a permanent place in your mind and heart. Brilliant writing. Brilliant.
Date published: 2008-04-11

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Berth "This is a subtle work of offhand wisdom and insight, heartbreakingly true-to-life. -- Lynn Coady "Berth is excoriating in its illumination of women who are dependent, and how love (in its most romantic sense) can be utterly destructive." -- The Globe and Mail "Berth is a novel about taking chances with one's heart and what happens when you cast off the present for a questionable future ...The emotions in the novel are raw ones, the writing empathetic and skilled. A Nova Scotia novel with a difference, Berth is a winner." -- The Sun Times (Owen Sound) Praise for Purple for Sky, winner of the City of Dartmouth Fiction Award and the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award "Reminiscent of Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel ... An intricate and compelling novel [that holds a rich inventory of complex characters, historical details, and hard-won truths." -- Atlantic Books Today -- Carol Bruneau's Purple for Sky ... will be this year's unheralded surprise. Bruneau ... has a saucy, punchy even ebullient writing style, and is completely at ease in the wonderful Arcadian milieu of the story. -- National Post "An endearing, entertaining tale by a first-class storyteller ... It is as meticulously crafted and multi-textured as the quilt that stands as the book's central metaphor." -- The Globe and Mail