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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,987 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Howe Narrator: Heather Corrigan Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Katherine Howe, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, returns with an entrancing historical novel set in Boston in 1915, where a young woman stands on the cusp of a new century, torn between loss and love, driven to seek answers in the depths of a crystal ball.

Still reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston is living a life of quiet desperation with her taciturn father and scandal-plagued brother in an elegant town house in Boston’s Back Bay. Trapped in a world over which she has no control, Sybil flees for solace to the parlor of a table-turning medium.

But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard under mysterious circumstances and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help to psychology professor Benton Jones, despite the unspoken tensions of their shared past. As Benton and Sibyl work together to solve a harrowing mystery, their long-simmering spark flares to life, and they realize that there may be something even more magical between them than a medium’s scrying glass.

From the opium dens of Boston’s Chinatown to the opulent salons of high society, from the back alleys of colonial Shanghai to the decks of the Titanic, The House of Velvet and Glass weaves together meticulous period detail, intoxicating romance, and a final shocking twist in a breathtaking novel that will thrill readers.

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  • “Richly atmospheric, The House of Velvet and Glass transported me to the turn of the twentieth century and a world changing as rapidly and irrevocably as our own. Sibyl Allston is a compelling and memorable protagonist who stands, precariously balanced, with a foot in each era. A gifted historian and storyteller, Katherine Howe has created a vividly imagined world that made me want to suspend time, lingering just a bit longer with the characters who live there, before the whole thing vanished in the clouded glass.”

    Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An impressive historical tale. Howe’s story of the growing attraction between Sibyl and Benton in the shadow of grief and loss merges gracefully into a compelling exploration of spiritualism and free will. An engaging story of love, destiny, and sacrifice in the shadow of World War I, with the unexpected touch of fantasy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Heather Corrigan’s voice is delicate as a spider’s web…Her rendition of flashbacks and memories is affecting, and her early-twentieth-century diction is charming.”


  • “A page-turner that vividly evokes Great War militaristic fervor and obsession with psychic phenomena, Howe’s novel is at once a cultural commentary and an outstanding historical gothic, as compelling and creepy as John Harwood’s The Seance (2009) and Paul Elwork’s The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead (2011).”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Erin | 2/20/2014

    " Ehh...I liked the idea of a book that focused on a family that lost loved ones on the Titanic, rather than another portrayal of the disaster itself, but the ship was of such small relevance to the rest of the story that it felt more like a ploy to draw in readers. The characters were flat and lifeless and the book felt pointless. Honestly, it sunk -- er, stunk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Spinster | 2/20/2014

    " I didnt like that two of the main characters were hooked on opium and would have liked to have seen the characters face some consequences of addiction but I enjoyed the overall story and learned something about that time in history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cindy a/k/a LuLu Brown | 2/1/2014

    " This book just wasn't for me. I don't know why, but it was a challenge to pick it up and read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Julieb | 1/29/2014

    " Found it hard to stay focused while reading Howe's latest book. Interesting topics but she seems to drag us through the story, in my opinion. "

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