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The Resource Sweeping up glass, Carolyn D. Wall

Sweeping up glass, Carolyn D. Wall

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Sweeping up glass
Title
Sweeping up glass
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Carolyn D. Wall
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In rural 1930's Kentucky, Olivia Harker runs the grocery store her father started and raises her grandson, William. She tries to keep to herself and live as peaceful a life as possible, but once she finds wolves shot on her land and missing an ear, she sees this as a message and sets out to find out what is happening
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Award
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2008.
  • Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction, 2009.
Review
  • This debut novel does so much more than traditional, tightly focused mysteries. It has a powerfully, sometimes uncomfortably, realized setting; characters who seem drawn from life; and a wide-ranging plot, bursting with complications. The title captures the book's theme: a heroine forced to clean up the shards of her own and other people's messes. The setting is Depression-era Kentucky, pared down to one makeshift bedroom in a grocery store, where narrator Olivia and a cast-off boy live, and the tar-paper shack where Olivia's crazy, mean mother lives. Someone is hunting wolves out back of the grocery where Olivia ekes out a living; soon she and the boy become prey as well. The dead-end feeling intensifies when the boy's mother returns. Olivia, pressed for time, energy, and food, must encounter her own uncomfortable past to save herself and the boy. A gripping story and a truly original voice—Wall is a new author to watch closely. -- Fletcher, Connie (Reviewed 05-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 17, p43)
  • /* Starred Review */ The strong, fresh narrative voice pulls the reader in and doesn't let go in Wall's stunning debut. Someone is killing wolves on Olivia Harker's Kentucky property for sport, and Olivia aims to find the culprit. Meanwhile, Olivia recounts her childhood with an adored father and a mad mother in the brutally segregated Depression-era South. In quick succession, Olivia finds and loses love, gives birth, marries an unloved suitor and becomes a widow. Olivia's daughter, wild and ambitious, hands Olivia her own out-of-wedlock baby to raise, a boy named Will'm. When the probable persecutor of Olivia's wolves sets his sights on her beloved Will'm, Olivia clarifies a decades-old mystery, unwittingly bringing danger to the impoverished local community of blacks who've been her guardian angels. As the action moves inexorably to its explosive conclusion, Olivia must come to grips with past betrayals, thereby earning a second chance at love, redemption and long overdue justice. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 16, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 24, p36)
  • /* Starred Review */ In 1938 Kentucky, during a cold winter when wolves are killed for pleasure, Olivia Cross and her grandson Will'm live in the kitchen behind Harker's Grocery, the store Olivia has run since she was a child. Olivia's mother is mentally ill and living in a tarpaper shack, her father is dead, and her daughter has run away, leaving her infant son for Olivia to rear. Then one frigid night Will'm's mother returns for him, hoping to shop her son to Hollywood and live off the money she believes he will make. All hell breaks loose as some terrible secrets are revealed. The suspense is gripping, the danger is very real, and the reader gets caught up in Wall's powerful, moving debut. Highly recommended for all collections. --Jo Ann Vicarel (Reviewed August 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 13, p57)
  • A woman fights to protect her home and family in Depression-era Kentucky.Kinship has never come easy for Olivia Harker Cross. While her mother Ida is in the sanitarium over in Buelton, Olivia and Pap must care for themselves in the back of Harker's Grocery. Olivia loves Pap dearly, going with him to deliver moonshine and helping care for the animals he doctors to make ends meet. Even after Ida returns, Olivia stays by Tate Harker's side. That's where she is the night Tate, coming home from delivering a litter of pups, drives his truck into James Arnold Phelps. When Olivia's finally released from the hospital, she hears the dreadful news from Ida: Pap is dead. Rebelling, she finds solace in the arms of high-school classmate Wing Harris. But when Wing rejects her, she goes wild, and not even longtime friend Junk Hanley and his child bride Love Alice can keep her away from juke joints and sleazy men. Even once she's pregnant with Pauline, her bad luck continues. Her husband Saul Cross dies of a heart attack while building a shack for Ida, and Pauline disappears. Her last chance comes when Pauline brings her son William for Olivia to raise. But as shots ring out on her property, killing her beautiful silver-faced wolves, Olivia isn't sure she can save even William from harm.Wall gives her heroine a powerful voice in this haunting debut. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2008)
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273638
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Wall, Carolyn D
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3623.A35962
Literary form
novels
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  • Wolves
  • Fathers
  • Kentucky
Label
Sweeping up glass, Carolyn D. Wall
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Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9781590585122
Lccn
2007942869
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Sweeping up glass, Carolyn D. Wall
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  • nc
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  • txt
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23 cm
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First edition.
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9781590585122
Lccn
2007942869
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
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