Glass House by Chris Wiltz

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'“No one writes better or more accurately about New Orleans than Christine Wiltz.  But Glass House is far more than a story about one city. It’s about the fear and rage and desperation that are destroying us as a people and a nation. The psychological complexity of Wiltz’s characters reminds me of James Baldwin and Ernest Gaines at their best. This is a tragic story about people, white and black, who have lost faith in themselves and have come to fear and loathe the world in which they must live.  There are no villains here, only fearful and cornered people who flail at the darkness that surrounds them. New Orleans itself becomes a living, wounded presence as pervasive as the smell of Confederate jasmine or the reek of garbage cans behind the Convent project.  I have never read a better depiction of the tormented American heart.” —James Lee Burke“It is the painful and unflinching honesty with which Wiltz confronts the issue of crime and fear of crime that give her novel its strength and power . . . A novel that needs to be read on both sides of Convent Street.” —The New York Times Book Review“There’s romance in this book as well, [and] Wiltz’s expertly paced story sustains real entertainment while causing readers to search their hearts for their own hidden version of Convent Street.” —San Francisco Chronicle“A gripping, thought-provoking drama.” —Kirkus Review“Glass House is a stunning achievement: a novel about prejudice, without prejudice.  Like Nadine Gordimer’s, Christine Wiltz’s eye upon the futility around her is not clouded by a personal agenda; this is a book that could only have been written by an insider.  Sometimes frightening, sometimes mordantly funny, always compelling, always honest, Glass House is an important novel, one that commands and deserves complete attention.” —Valerie Martin“Christine Wiltz is a writer I believe. ‘As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide,” she recites, in an extraordinary quotation from Lincoln. It can be read as a prediction of the war between the races in which we are all, more and more, tragically and comically, engaged. Ms. Wiltz’s novel is, among other things, a report from the New Orleans battlefront in that war.” —Vance Bourjaily'
'“No one writes better or more accurately about New Orleans than Christine Wiltz.  But Glass House is far more than a story about one city. It’s about the fear and rage and desperation that are destroying us as a people and a nation. The psychological complexity of Wiltz’s characters reminds me of James Baldwin and Ernest Gaines at their best. This is a tragic story about people, white and black, who have lost faith in themselves and have come to fear and loathe the world in which they must live.  There are no villains here, only fearful and cornered people who flail at the darkness that surrounds them. New Orleans itself becomes a living, wounded presence as pervasive as the smell of Confederate jasmine or the reek of garbage cans behind the Convent project.  I have never read a better depiction of the tormented American heart.” —James Lee Burke“It is the painful and unflinching honesty with which Wiltz confronts the issue of crime and fear of crime that give her novel its strength and power . . . A novel that needs to be read on both sides of Convent Street.” —The New York Times Book Review“There’s romance in this book as well, [and] Wiltz’s expertly paced story sustains real entertainment while causing readers to search their hearts for their own hidden version of Convent Street.” —San Francisco Chronicle“A gripping, thought-provoking drama.” —Kirkus Review“Glass House is a stunning achievement: a novel about prejudice, without prejudice.  Like Nadine Gordimer’s, Christine Wiltz’s eye upon the futility around her is not clouded by a personal agenda; this is a book that could only have been written by an insider.  Sometimes frightening, sometimes mordantly funny, always compelling, always honest, Glass House is an important novel, one that commands and deserves complete attention.” —Valerie Martin“Christine Wiltz is a writer I believe. ‘As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide,” she recites, in an extraordinary quotation from Lincoln. It can be read as a prediction of the war between the races in which we are all, more and more, tragically and comically, engaged. Ms. Wiltz’s novel is, among other things, a report from the New Orleans battlefront in that war.” —Vance Bourjaily'
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller ISBN: 9781497655768 Pages: 208