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Friday Finds: The Glass Room

The Glass Room

The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading.

Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

Honeymooners Viktor and Liesel Landauer are filled with the optimism and cultural vibrancy of central Europe of the 1920s when they meet modernist architect Rainer von Abt. He builds for them a home to embody their exuberant faith in the future, and the Landauer House becomes an instant masterpiece.  Viktor and Liesel, a rich Jewish mogul married to a thoughtful, modern gentile, pour all of their hopes for their marriage and budding family into their stunning new home, filling it with children, friends, and a generation of artists and thinkers eager to abandon old-world European style in favor of the new and the avant-garde.

But as life intervenes, their new home also brings out their most passionate desires and darkest secrets. As Viktor searches for a warmer, less challenging comfort in the arms of another woman, and Liesel turns to her wild, mischievous friend Hana for excitement, the marriage begins to show signs of strain. The radiant honesty and idealism of 1930 quickly evaporate beneath the storm clouds of World War II. As Nazi troops enter the country, the family must leave their old life behind and attempt to escape to America before Viktor’s Jewish roots draw Nazi attention, and before the family itself dissolves.

The Glass Room was a finalist for the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. I am thinking about pitching it to my book group for our yearly book selection meeting. What do you think? Has anyone read it? I’d be interested in your thoughts.

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Read-a-Thon 2009: My Reading List

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Here’s what I plan to read for read-a-thon next week:

  • The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Her Fearful Symmetry
  • The Last Song
  • Forgetting English
  • A Sportscaster’s Guide to Watching Football
  • New Moon
  • The Return
  • Betsy-Tacy & Tib
  • Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill
  • Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown
  • Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

I tried to mix it up a bit. There is some short stuff and some non-fiction stuff, so in between the heavier books I’m sure I will pick those up. Since The Hub will be out of town, I need to plan my food beforehand. Not just my food but food for the kids too because my little one is a round-the-clock-snacker. I’m looking forward to it though! I can’t wait to catch-up and get some of these read. Right now I’m working on my posting schedule. Last time, I felt as if I was on the computer all the time. Either I was posting an update or responding to the cheering squad. This time I want to spend the majority of my time reading.