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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (952 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolyn Wall Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Destined to be a classic, Sweeping Up Glass is a tough and tender novel of love, race, and justice, and a ferocious, unflinching look at the power of family.Olivia Harker Cross owns a strip of mountain in Pope County, Kentucky, a land where whites and blacks eke out a living in separate, tattered kingdoms and where silver-faced wolves howl in the night. But someone is killing the wolves of Big Foley Mountain–and Olivia is beginning to realize how much of her own bitter history she’s never understood: Her mother’s madness, building toward a fiery crescendo. Her daughter’s flight to California, leaving her to raise Will’m, her beloved grandson. And most of all, her town’s fear, for Olivia has real and dangerous enemies.

Now this proud, lonely woman will face her mother and daughter, her neighbors and the wolf hunters of Big Foley Mountain. And when she does, she’ll ignite a conflict that will embroil an entire community–and change her own life in the most astonishing of ways.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Haunting, lyrical, entirely absorbing, Sweeping Up Glass deserves a place on the shelf next to classics like True Grit and To Kill a Mockingbird.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “This extraordinary debut novel…is filled with arresting images, bitter humor, and characters with palpable physical presence. The fresh voice of that clear-eyed narrator reminded me of Scout in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. I literally could not put it down.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Carolyn D. Wall has created an engaging character in Olivia Harker and a complex and densely interconnected community in Aurora, Kentucky. Her evocative prose recalls the regional style of such authors as Flannery O’Connor, Harper Lee, and Eudora Welty.”

    Mystery Scene

  • “Wall gives her heroine a powerful voice in this haunting debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The strong, fresh narrative voice pulls the reader in and doesn’t let go in Wall’s stunning debut.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The suspense is gripping, the danger is very real, and the reader gets caught up in Wall’s powerful, moving debut.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This debut novel does so much more than traditional, tightly focused mysteries. It has a powerfully, sometimes uncomfortably, realized setting; characters who seem drawn from life; and a wide-ranging plot, bursting with complications…A gripping story and a truly original voice.”


  • A 2009 Barry Award Finalist for Best First Novel
  • Selected for the September 2008 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alice | 2/12/2014

    " this book is simply wonderful. 5 stars! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nitrorockets | 2/12/2014

    " This isn't a feel good story yet is compelling and draws you in. The book is told by Olivia, a young girl growing up in the mountains of Kentucky. As her life progresses you see how the challenges of living in a small mountain town with a violent and mentally ill mother alter her life. Her resentment and anger towards a mother she felt never loved her leaves deep scars of grief around her heart. As her choices become mistakes Olivia learns to endure those heartaches with her last bit of love and hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie Boland | 2/9/2014

    " Loved the writing and the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pmcdnld2 | 2/2/2014

    " I almost gave this a 5. Reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbrid and a Time to Kill. Set in mountains of Kentucky in 30"s, poor whites and poorer blacks, Olivia has a crazy mother and a dead dad, raising her grandson. A great book from a new author "

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About the Author
Author Carolyn Wall

Carolyn Wall is an editor and lecturer. As an artist-in-residence, she has taught creative writing to more than 4,000 children in Oklahoma.