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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: August 2009 ISBN: 9780739382905
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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.”

    Booklist

  • 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 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 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 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 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suziqoregon | 1/30/2014

    " My blog post about this book is at this link. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 1/20/2014

    " This one did not stick to me like Glass Castle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/19/2014

    " If we could give half stars I'd give it 2.5 stars instead of 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/8/2014

    " wonderful book!! Powerful narrative that reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird. MUST READ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 12/28/2013

    " I was given this book by a friend who sends me one of her favorite books each year and I was certainly not disappointed. You can read for yourself what the book is about in the reviews. I would certainly highly recommend it to anyone.A good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kmconlon | 12/27/2013

    " Factually farcical. So many incredible plot devices that suspension of disbelief becomes disbelief to the max. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caryn | 11/28/2013

    " This book would make a great book club book. There are so many flawed characters and interesting plots going on. It takes place in KY starting in the late 1800's and continuing on to the Depression. Their lives are daily struggles but they deal with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nan | 11/5/2013

    " This book was well reviewed from independent book stores I love. I got this on CD and started it on a long distance drive. I had a really hard time caring about any of the people and felt like I was still waiting for something to happen after many chapters. So, I gave up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 10/13/2013

    " I read this one for our book club. Not sure what to say about it. I was surprized by the end for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randolph | 10/7/2013

    " I read this after I saw the author speak at Quail Ridge Books here in Raleigh. I enjoyed the first 3/4 of the novel. However, I found the ending to be so hokey and contrived that it greatly diminished my overall impression of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 10/1/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, but it was no To Kill a Mockingbird. Maybe any book that's compared to TKaM will fall short in my eyes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susie Shircliff | 9/23/2013

    " started of great, and the prose is so much fun to read. But by the end....it just ran out of steam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bbennis | 9/9/2013

    " This is another one that I might have given four and a half stars. It started out a little slow, but once I got into it I was really caught up in the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/28/2013

    " I read this for the Noble Readers Book Discussion group. I really enjoyed the style of the writing and the building of the story as in a mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gezina | 5/15/2013

    " A very good read about a courageous woman in depression era Kentucky. I was in admiration of this dutiful, passionate character, despite what her circumstances were. I will be reading more of Wall's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trisha | 11/29/2012

    " Good read, quick and good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel | 11/14/2012

    " I think this is a great book. It has a good story and it is a fast read. Once I picked it up, I didn't want to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 6/29/2012

    " I bounced between a 3 & 4 so I guess I'd say 3.5! A very intriguing storyline that kept you interested and I definately didn't figure out the ending! There is some sex in it and although it was minimal and not terribly graphic the immoral nature of it bothered me some. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Dmochowski | 11/20/2011

    " I loved this book. The main character really drew me in. The ending was perfect. Beautiful read. I look forward to more books by Carolyn Wall! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 8/15/2011

    " A very readable book, which I enjoyed until the last several chapters. I felt the ending was rushed and contrived and kind of ruined the book for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 6/26/2011

    " Great book. I love her style of writing. Has a language all her own. I would love to read more of her fiction. Has another one out or coming out called The Coffin Maker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/16/2011

    " Dark story with a surprise ending. Set in the Kentucky hills, probably in the mid-twentieth century. Lot's of elements of small town life, racism during the time, good v. evil. The writing style draws you in. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/4/2011

    " Excellent book!!!! Slow start to the "story", but so colorfully written, you're happy to go with the flow. And then the plot thickens and twists. This one was hard to put down!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 4/19/2011

    " i should know by now that any book that is compared to "To Kill a Mockingbird" will inevitably disappoint. however, i can't resist such books as i am an optimistic sort who hopes that someday, someone will write something like it. This novel isn't it, but it is a fine read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helgaklassen | 4/1/2011

    " well written - full of quirky characters and an interesting storyline, although at times quite dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kazia | 3/26/2011

    " Although I hate to admit it.... This story was completely believable. Our country has a very checkered past and this story will leave you wondering..."what the hell were we thinking??" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Druie | 2/7/2011

    " Bookclub title--It started out powerfully, but I don't think she sustained it through to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/18/2011

    " Interesting book and one that I had to keep gong back to. Sad book but also insightful. Ended up loving it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 1/6/2011

    " This was a good read. The characters were compelling, and the story heartbreaking. The culmination of things at the end seemed a little overdone, but that wouldn't stop me from recommending it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 1/3/2011

    " I loved this book. I went in with low expectations based on a somewhat iffy recommendation, so I think that helped. But, it was super easy to read, had some depth, and just enough mystery in it that I really liked it in the end. I would recommend it. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.