Sea Glass Author:Anita Shreve It is a house on the beach. Honora doesn't mind renting - despite its age and all its flaws, the old house is the perfect place for a new marriage. She and Sexton throw themselves into fixing it up, just as they throw themselves into their new life together. Each morning, Honora collects sea glass washed up on the shore, each piece carrying ... more »a different story in its muted hues.
Sexton finds a way to buy the house, but his timing is perfectly wrong. The economy takes a sickening crash, and as financial pressures mount, Honora begins to see how little she knows this man she has married - and to realize just how threatening the world outside her front door can be.
Like those translucent shards that Honora finds on the beach, Sea Glass is layered with the textures, colors, and voices of another time. There is Vivian, an irreverent Boston socialite who becomes Honora's closest friend even as she rejects every form of convention. McDermott, a man who works in a nearby mill, presses Honora's deepest notions of trust - even as he embroils her in a dangerous dispute. And there's Francis, a boy whose openness becomes the bond that holds these people together as their world is flying apart.« less
I was impressed with the imagery in this book. The characters came together very well. The story was good and had a surprise ending...not at all what was expected. The best way to describe it is "pleasant". Good story.
What a great read. I had a little trouble ge4tting into the book but when the worlds started to collide I finally got it. A few different lifestyles clash and come together during the Depression and the fall of the stock market. Some lose everything and others never really had anything to begin with.
Honora has just married Sexton Beecher and now this. They have biought a house that ia bout to repossessed because of the bank failures. Sexton must take a job at the mills and this is where things get interesting. Sexton brings home folks for a strike and it turns out Honora knows one of the men. McDermott, she has given him a ride before. He is very smitten with her. They kiss and so on it goes.
It is a house on the beach that Honora doesn't mind renting. Despite its age and all its flaws, the old house is the perfect place to start off a new marriage. She and her husband, Sexton, throw themselves into fixing it up, just as they throw themselves into their new life together. While Honora fixes up the derelict house and searches for sea glass on the beach, Sexton risks everything they have to buy the house they both love.
Along with the entire population of America, Sexton is blindsided by the stock market crash of 1929 and finds himself penniless. The only work that he is able to find is in the local mill, where a labor dispute is erupting into violence. As their financial pressures continue to mount, Honora begins to see how little she actually knows about this man that she has married.
I think this was a wonderful book - I really found myself caring about the characters, and the plot was very believable to me. I give this book an A+! and will keep it for a while to reread at some point.