Glass by Sam Savage

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Asked by a publisher to write a preface to her late husband’s novel, Edna defiantly sets out to write a separate book “not just about Clarence but also about my life, as one could not pretend to understand Clarence without that.” Simultaneously her neighbor asks her to care for an apartment full of plants and animals. The demands of the living things – a rat, fish, ferns – compete for Edna's attention with long-repressed memories. Day by day pages of seemingly random thoughts fall from her typewriter. Gradually taking shape within the mosaic of memory is the story of a remarkable marriage and of a mind pushed to its limits.

Is Edna’s memoir a homage to her late husband or an act of belated revenge? Was she the cultured and hypersensitive victim of a crass and brutally ambitious husband, or was he the caretaker of a neurotic and delusional wife? The reader must decide.

The unforgettable characters in Savage's two hit novels Firmin and The Cry of the Sloth garnered critical acclaim, selling a million copies worldwide. In Edna, once again Sam Savage has created a character marked by contradiction--simultaneously appealing and exasperating, comical and tragic.


About Sam Savage

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Sam Savage is the author of the bestseller Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife, an American Library Association Notable Book and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award finalist. A native of South Carolina, Savage holds a PhD in philosophy from Yale University, was once an editor of a literary quarterly, and now lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Published August 23, 2011 by Coffee House Press. 224 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Edna reviews her life and relationships through free association and through the concatenation of objects that drift into her view.

Aug 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Glass

Publishers Weekly

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Like a milder Good Morning, Midnight, Savage's new novel (after The Cry of the Sloth) is driven by the dithering narration of a woman adrift in the world. In this case, however, the compulsive recolle

Jul 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Glass

Star Tribune

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The author of "Firmin" explores the chaotic power of memory in this wise and compelling novel.

Sep 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Glass

New York Journal of Books

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“Sam Savage’s exhilarating, often lilting use of language and his faultless characterization of the eccentric, unraveling of his main character, Edna, is evocative, poetic, and compelling.”

Sep 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Glass

Los Angeles Times

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In 'Glass' by Sam Savage, a poor elderly woman writes of her life in elliptical bits and pieces, making for an intriguing story.

Oct 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Glass

And here is where the novel shines: through a Beckettian obsession with precision of language, the tension between solipsism and longing becomes primal, and through Edna, Savage creates a world so small that his reader is forced to confront the very stitching that binds together its existence, fr...

Aug 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Glass

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