The House of Velvet and Glass
by Katherine Howe
Paperback- $13.39

Katherine Howe, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, returns with an entrancing ...

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  "an upper class look at the early 20th century" by [email protected] (see profile) 03/05/12

I really enjoyed this book. After a slow start and getting used to the jumps in place and time, I found House of Velvet and Glass to be a compelling look at the early 20th century. A book group would find the drug use (opium), the early psychology/sociology instances, the expectations for men and women, dress and table manners, and the social class divide/discrimination would all make good topics for discussion. I found the characters believable and the plot flowed easily. The use of "real" people gave color to the events (Titanic & Lusitania) and lent credibility to the story. The descriptions of rooms, clothing, manners and social interactions as well as the descriptions of spiritualism and opium dens added to my enjoyment of the story. I started reading expecting "chick lit" and found something much more substantial. As a high school librarian I think many older teens would enjoy the book. The book would work for a mother/teen book group.

 
  "The House of Velvet and Glass" by BethL (see profile) 05/13/12

 
  "Titantic, the onset of war & how one family copes with both" by zodejodie4 (see profile) 06/14/13

A beautifully written tale of a family coping with the aftermath of Titanic, the onset of war and the myriad daily trials that come along with both of them.
Howe's prose is superb and the story moves at just the right pace as it traverses a vast territory moving back and forth in time to provide the background for the ongoing story of the family members, their history & its ties to the present situation.

 
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