Friday, February 10, 2012

Review - The Glass Case (short story) by Kristin Hannah



Short Story Summary

In her classic short story THE GLASS CASE, Kristin Hannah explores the heart and mind of a young mother.  April Bannerman is a young mother of three, married to her high school sweetheart & living in the same small town in which she grew up.  Although she loves her children and husband, April is plagued by the growing doubt that she has not lived up to her mother's expectations for her---until one day when something terrible and unexpected happens, and April must face the truth about her own life and discover what really matters.
 
 
My Review - 5 Tea Time Perfection
 
Kristin Hannah is the Queen of emotional adult fiction.  In my mind a short story is a success when you want to read more but everything has been closed nicely and touched you in a special way. 
 
April has to deal with a tragic scare and during the heart stopping, holding breath moments it brings her back to when her mom died, when she was only a teenager and feeling like she hasn't lived up to her moms expectations.
 
This was the perfect in between, not sure what to read next story.
 
As it is a short story I won't share any more but will leave you with quotes.
 
The words have a resonance tonight, a sad wistfulness I never noticed before; perhaps I wasn't ready to see until now, this very moment.  The disappointment was about my mother's life, not mine, an expression of her dissatisfaction with her own life.
 
For years I have kept my mother's memories in a glass case, thinking that they were too fragile to touch.  But now I have to examine them, dissect them, and understand what part she played in who I am and how I feel about my life. 
 
 

10 comments:

  1. I love Kristin Hannah! I have not read this short story yet. Great review. She is a very emotional writer.

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  2. Not usually a fan of short stories, but hers, I'll read. I have it, just haven't got to it yet. Glad you liked it!

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  3. Between you and my sister, I feel like I must try Hannah's work soon!

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  4. I keep meaning to try this author. She sounds so good … and she has a lot of books already, which is always a plus.

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  5. So glad that you enjoyed this. I agree she does emotional adult fiction really well. I've only read True Colors - have you read that?

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  6. I'm glad you enjoyed. A couple of my friends have read almost all of Hannah's work. She sure is a great author!

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  7. I am really enjoying her, recommend to all of you.

    Aths, I haven't read True Colors but have it on the shelf.

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  8. I didn't care for The Glass Case, but, probably because I have read so many of her other books, and they are way, way, better then the short story. I loved True Colors, I read it last year.

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  9. The Glass Case is a complete short story, which is about 18 pages. Very well written, no typos, and one of the best free short stories that I have found. It is about a house wife who remembers a lot of details and things about her mother who has passed away. She is trying to decide if her life has been wasted by having a child too young. Then her son goes missing.

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  10. It caught my attention. I'm in the process of reading it. It's worth the time.

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