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Glass Voices by Carol Bruneau – Book Review and Giveaway

Lucy and Harry haven’t always been the placid elderly couple everyone thought they saw. 50 years had passed since they were the victims of the Halifax Explosion, a horrific accident that occurred in 1917 off the coast of Nova Scotia in the Halifax Harbour. That tragic day, two ships collided which ignited massive amounts of explosives. Their marriage bent under the weight of mourning and loss. Sometimes their relationship showed the wounds in obvious ways, other times more subtle undercurrents pulled them under.

We’ve all made the mistake – looked upon an elderly person as though they’ve never been anything else, never been younger, never lived 1,000 lives before they got to be old. GLASS VOICES shatters all of these preconceived ideas. It’s 1969 and Lucy, now in her 70’s, is afraid of losing her husband. He’s had a stroke and she doesn’t know if he’ll live or die, and if he lives if their life will ever be the same.

GLASS VOICES flows back and forth between past and present, building two intertwining story lines. As Lucy tries to deal with her life upending once again, she flashes back to how her difficult marriage has molded her into the person she has become.

Bruneau’s novel is a moving story placed in a tragic historical event that I found fascinating to read about. It was easy to keep turning the pages, wanting to witness and understand just what the Halifax Explosion was and how it affected the lives of so many. I couldn’t help but draw parallels between it and 9/11 due to the totally unexpected devastation that killed about 2,000 people. To me, Glass Voices reads like a book begging to be a movie.

Carol Bruneau is a Canadian author currently living in Nova Scotia. She has five other novels to her credit and has won both the Thomas Head Raddall Award and the Dartmouth Book Award for fiction. Glass Voices is published by Cormorant Books.

There are three ways to enter to win a copy of Glass Voices: 1.) Leave a comment here telling me what intrigues you about the book. 2.) Subscribe to carp(e) libris reviews to be entered to win this or any other book given away here. 3.) Blog about this giveaway with a link back to it. Do all three, and you have three chances to win!

The winner will be drawn with Random.org on Thursday, February 28th, 2008, at 12noon EST.

60 comments to Glass Voices by Carol Bruneau – Book Review and Giveaway

  • I love the link to the Halifax explosion! That definitely intrigues me.

  • It’ll be up tomorrow, Diane. As always, thanks for the heads up.

    I’d never heard of the HE before. Sounds like an intriguing read.


  • Cindi Hoppes

    Hi, A friend I grew up with moved to Nova Scotia right after high school! I am not familiar with this incident at all. It is amazing what I learn! Please enter me in your drawing for this intriguing book! I would love to see how this event affected people and see how the elderly couple fare. Thanks,Cindi

  • Tonya Keener

    What intrigues me about this book is the deeply emotional subject. I would love to read this.

  • Judith Rachmani

    I love novels that involve in-depth research of historical events.

  • Nik

    I’m intrigued because not only is this a piece of history I’ve never heard about, but it also sounds like a very moving read!

  • Frankie Miller

    I must be honest and say I found your blogs through a Sweeps newsletter. My daughter is working hard to raise my prescious grandchildren chem free so I sent her your other blog. Then I came here and found your yummy reviews. Bonus day! I have already sent your blog to a couple of reading friends! I look forward to reading the back reviews.
    About the book: it sounds fascinating! Count me in and I’ll be back! Take care, love, smiles and prayers!

  • Annette

    I like that it flashed between the past and present.

  • Di

    This book is uniquely relevant to my situation right now. You see, in the last week I have officially crossed over to “old.” It wasn’t a birthday. I didn’t have a mid-life crisis.

    But in the last week, my vision collapsed and I needed reading glasses! I am warning you and all of your readers, it comes that fast. It is not gradual, it is instantaneous.

    And also in the last week, my neck has begun to resemble {shudder} CREPE!!! Yes, crepe de chine, crepes suzette, whatever crepe you visualize, my neck resembles it.

    It’s over. Never again will I be cool, hot or smokin’. The best I can wish for is that for a brief period in their younger years, my grandchildren pretend to think I’m cool so they continue to get great presents.

    I obviously NEED this book. Oh…and if sucking up counts, your review is BRILLIANT!!!

  • Jennifer Barnett

    I like the perspective of looking at the elderly and not knowing what they have experienced in life. While, thankfully, we don’t all have to endure such a tragedy as the Halifax Explosions, everyone has their story to tell. I look at my elderly mother, and I try to remember that she hasn’t always been so frail.

  • adrienne gordon

    the link between teh halifax explosion and present day tie-ins is intriquing.

  • janeh

    I’m intrigued by the fact that we will see the story through the eyes of an older person……..both past and present. It sounds fascinating.

  • Vicki wurgler

    I checked out the link for the Halifax explosion-very interesting-I had never heard of this before. I would love to read this

  • Susan Smith

    I like that the book flashes between the past and present.

  • Shelly

    This sounds really interesting! Especially the idea of thinking of an elderly person only as they are now.

  • Paige

    I love fiction set against a true historical backdrop. Sounds fascinating.

  • jesy

    The link between the past and the present

  • susan varney

    too cool

  • linda

    This got to be one of the most interesting and historic stories i’v read in a long time.

  • Jeanette Jackson

    As a Canadian I am interested in Canadian history and this is a historical event that I have always been interested in. By focusing on individuals involved in the event it makes the story more enjoyable to read

  • Carol Harrity

    As a senior myself, the focus of this book fascinates me.

  • ruth

    I have been interested in this topic for years and this combination of the historical perspective as well as the dividuals lives that were changed is definitely intriguing. I have read about the Halifax explosion and would enjoy this novel.

  • Linda Moeller

    This is a very different perspective.

  • Janet M

    nice book!! nice contest!!

  • I like that its a story with characters at an older age. Also, the historical tie is obscure and interesting.

  • djp

    nothing as i thought

  • sounds to be a very touching book. it always bring hurt, confusion when you find yourself in a very hard situation, thinking that you’ll lose something special and important all over again.

  • Erica G

    It’s true that I think of my elders as having perfect fulfilling lives. I don’t usually take into account what negative life situations may have been part of their past. art of it may be their generation not wanting to talk about those things.

  • Michelle Rosborough

    Sounds like an interesting story to read

  • Kimberly B.

    Hi there. What especially intrigues me about this book is its focus on elderly characters. I’ve become interested in the plight of the aged since I started my dissertation, which is about the elderly.

  • christopher h

    i’m thrilled to find a book with older lead characters

  • Bonnie McAfee

    Wow, it does indeed sound like a powerful novel. The intertwining past and present storylines alone are what interest me most. I’d love to win this one.

  • I too, think it’s neat that the characters are older ones.

  • Elaine

    I just visited New Brunswick last fall and fell in love with the east coast so I am interested in reading a story based from Halifax.

  • Meredith

    I’m interested in this book because I have an award that was given to my great grandfather after a great water rescue off Newfoundland when a ship wrecked and I read all things Maine,Nova Scotia and Newfoundland!

  • Elizabeth

    I really like the premise of this book about looking inside the person to see a history that you never would have known or thought of.

  • Susan Chester

    I am intrigued by the Halifax Explosion. I have never heard of it. I subscribed to your newsletter.

  • vicky boackle

    i love novels based on historical facts.

  • veronica

    Great read and a little bit of history thrown What a great combination

  • Jennifer

    I bought a nonfiction book “The Town That Died” about this explosion, years ago in NOva Scotia. I would be fascinated to read more about it.

  • Karin

    Halifax Explosion — I have never heard anything about this piece of history…. Would like to know more about it.

  • Christina Almond

    I recently learned about the Halifax Explosion and would love to learn more! Sounds like a great book!

  • Mel

    I’d have to say that the historical perspective is what really grabs me about this book. It’s a surprisingly little-known event outside of the immediate area. I’d love to read this.

  • Ed Nemmers

    Great book summary; it lured me in!

  • Diane S

    the book looks very interesting for how something that happened so many years ago can have a control on their lives today. Love the history.

  • anne

    This novel is fascinating and wonderful with the focus upon the people and the events. The history and the location is well known and it interests me a great deal.

  • Joy Venters

    sounds like an interesting migration through the lives of an ageing couple

  • Buddy Garrett

    I love the way the characters are developed by flashing back and forth between their presebt lives and their past to show how their lives have been changed by events they have lived through.

  • Betty Curran

    It is easier for me to read about historical events when they are written as a novel with characters I can visualize. It makes the event and all the associated emotions more real to me.

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