May 14, 2013

Dancing on Broken Glass

I just recently finished reading Dancing on Broken Glass by Ka Hancock which had been nominated for a  Whitney Award in general fiction.  I had not had time to read it before voting for the Whitney Awards, but Dalene had read it and recommended it.  She voted it the winner in that category.

I was very impressed with this book.  Here is part of the plot summary from the publisher.  "Lucy Houston and Mickey Chandler probably shouldn’t have fallen in love, let alone gotten married. They’re both plagued with faulty genes—he has bipolar disorder, and she has a ravaging family history of breast cancer. . . .  An unvarnished portrait of a marriage that is both ordinary and extraordinary, Dancing on Broken Glass takes readers on an unforgettable journey of the heart."

The characters felt genuine and real to me, and I became drawn in by their significant challenges and how they dealt with them.  The characters were not LDS, but I felt very comfortable within the framework of the story including the belief about life after death, commitment to family and marriage and the loving support of small-town neighbors and friends.  I needed a bunch of tissue to get through to the end, but when I got done I felt uplifted and like I wanted to go out and be a better person.

This book is available on Amazon--I didn't find it on LDS websites.  I checked it out from the Sunnyvale Library.

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