Review: Vintage: A Novel by Susan Gloss
Title: Vintage: A Novel
Author: Susan Gloss
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Themes: Relationships, Identity, Divorce, Motherhood, Loss, Infidelity, Friendship, Love
Setting: Madison, Wisconsin
Point of View: 3rd Person
Publisher/Publication Date: Expected publication: March 25th 2014 by William Morrow & CompanyRating: Four of Five Stars
Finished/Not Finished: Finished
First Line: "Beneath the Ash Trees on Johnson Street just east of campus, Hourglass Vintage stood in a weathered brick building, wedged between a fair-trade coffee shop and a bike-repair business." Vintage by Susan Gloss
One-sentence summary: A Midwestern vintage clothing store is the cornerstone for the transformation of several women's lives.
Cover Art: I like the red border, however, in my opinion, the dress displayed in the shop window does not have a vintage feel.
Try Vintage: A Novel if you liked The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs or if you are a fan of chick-lit in the vein of Jennifer Weiner's body of work.
Buy, Borrow, Listen, or Avoid: Buy, Borrow, or Listen if you are looking for a refreshing read, which deals with the types of themes previously mentioned.
Why did I get this book?: I liked the summary and I am a vintage gal at heart. I shopped vintage back in the 70s and 80s before it was the cool thing to do.
In the novel, Susan Gloss creates a world where women are the central force. Her novel delves into the intricacies of these women's lives at varies key life-moments, which means there is something for women of all ages to identify with in the novel. Each chapter opens with a description of a vintage item, "Inventory Item: wedding gown, Approximate Date: 1952, Condition: good, minor discoloration on lining, Item description: Ivory, tea-length gown with scooped neckline and cap sleeves. Silk taffeta with crinoline understructure. Source: Dress acquired from the couple's daughter, born weeks after her father's death." Each item is used as a means to set the tone for what is to come, which, in my opinion, is a unique technique to move the story forward.
I enjoyed my time at Hourglass Vintage and highly recommend you walk through the shop's doors if you are looking for a break from heavier reads.
I'd like to thank Edelweiss and William Morrow & Company for allowing me access to an advance readers copy (ARC) of Vintage: A Novel by Susan Gloss
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