Book Reviews of Sea Glass

Sea Glass
Sea Glass
Author: Anita Shreve
ISBN-13: 9780316001441
ISBN-10: 0316001449
Publication Date: 12/1/2004
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 196 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
Excellent story about a man and woman who marry during the depression years and how they handle the stresses of the times together. It falls into both romance and historical fiction with wonderful accounts of the Textile Mill Strikes when labor unions fought to get decent pay for their workers.

Written with wonderful technique and prose. I highly recommend!
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Helpful Score: 3
Young newlyweds starting out their lives together in a derelict beach house on the New England Coast. They encounter the crash of the 1929 stock market and millworkers trying to form a union.
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Helpful Score: 3
I don't know if this is the *point* of Shreve's books, but I end up dissatisfied in the end, and this book is no exception. It is not that I expect everything to be neatly tied up at the end, or for everyone to live happily ever after. While Shreve's actual writing is beautiful and does carry you along, I almost felt like I hadn't even read a book when I finished Sea Glass, if that makes any sense. Fans of Shreve will likely enjoy this book.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book is about life in the 1920's during the time of the Great Depression for a group of young people. The main character Honora marries Sexton, a typewriter salesman, and together they quickly purchase a beach home that has fallen into disrepair. The Great Depression hits, and mill workers go on strike, changing the course of Honora and Sexton's lives. The story is tragic and I didn't care for the ending. This book is not for those who like a "happily ever after" ending and having all the loose ends tied up. Overall I'd say it was an OK read but definitely not one of the best or most interesting books I've ever read.
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Helpful Score: 3
This tale is a richly engaging tale of marriage,money,and troubled times . It take splace on the New England coast with a newly weed couple who buy a old beach house.Very Colorful story telling ,satistying and entertaining.
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Helpful Score: 2
From its opening pages, Anita Shreve's Sea Glass surrounds the reader in the surprisingly rich feeling of the New Hampshire coast in winter. Vividly evoking the life of the coastal community at the beginning of the Great Depression, Sea Glass shifts through the multiple points of view of six principal characters; it's a skillfully created story of braided lives that bounces easily (even inevitably) from character to character. We learn how these lives come together following the stock market crash of 1929 and about the struggles of mill workers on the starkly beautiful New Hampshire coast during the following year. At the novel's center is the story of Honora Beecher, a young newlywed who compulsively collects sea glass along the beach as she collects unexpected friendship in her new beachside community, and Francis, a boy who discovers a father figure in the towering character of McDermott, an Irish mill worker, at a time when he most needs direction. Each character finds unexpected new purpose beyond the struggle to survive during that turbulent year among the dunes. First their lives barely touch, then they intersect, and finally they become inextricably bound. By the powerful and unexpected final scenes of the story, every point of view, every brilliant shard of life depends deeply on all the others. It is a very satisfying read--confidently told and deeply felt--with as many subtle colors and reflections as the sea glass that permeates the narrative. --Paul Ford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Helpful Score: 1
I liked the Pilot's Wife, but this one really fell short of my expectations.
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This book is as wonderful as the other Shreve books.
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Fascinating plot set in the mill strikes and the depression. Characters are interesting and believable. Another great read from Shreve.
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An excellent Anita Shreve story!
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Interesting reading of young newly married couple near the stock market crash of the late 20's others they meet on the road of life. Same author as The Pilot's Wife.
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This is one of Shreve's best books. I could not put it down once I started it.
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One of Shreve's best...
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A sweet story....and a worthwhile read.
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Great look into marriage in difficult times...a fast paced read.
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I really enjoyed this one. Tied into "Fortune's Rock", another really good Anita Shreve book. You're right, it makes you want to collect sea glass!
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A great read about real people...some history...their losses and their gains of love and friendship.
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Lovely book that you will want to read twice... I did!
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Wonderful story
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Newlyweds starting their life together in a derilict beach house. Story of marriage, money and troubled times.
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not my favorite Anita Shrieve book although many of my friends at work enjoyed it
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Since reading The Pilot's Wife, Anita Shreve is one of my favorite authors. Her stories are magnificent. A great read from cover to cover. I have not been disappointed.
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Lots of descriptive language.
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unmemorable.
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Young newlyweds starting out their life together in a derelict beach house on the New England coast soon discover how threatening the world around them can be.
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YOUNG NEWLYWEDS STARTING OUT THEIR LIFE TOGETHER IN A DERELICT BEACH HOUSE ON NEW ENGLAND COAST SOON DISCOVER HOW THREATENING THE WORLD AROUND THEM CAN BE
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A great read.
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I enjyed this book except for the occasional 4 letter word that I tried to skim over quickly...
Young newlyweds starting out their lives together in a derelict beach house on the New England coast soon discover how threatening the world around them can be. This richly engaging tale of marriage, money and troubled times unfolds with all the narrative power and emotional immediacy that has made Anita Shreve's novels such as The Pilots Wife, The Last Time The Met, and All He Ever Wanted such beloved bestsellers
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Anita Shreve is okay.
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This is a hardcover