Heather Barbieri, author of The Cottage at Glass Beach, on tour May 2012

Posted By on March 16, 2012

About The Cottage at Glass Beach

• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: Harper (May 15, 2012)

Married to the youngest attorney general in Massachusetts state history, forty-year-old Nora Keane is a picture perfect political wife and doting mother. But her carefully constructed life falls to pieces when she – along with the rest of the world – learns of her husband Malcolm’s infidelity. Humiliated, hurt, hounded by the press, Nora packs up her daughters, Annie, seven, and Ella, twelve, and takes refuge with her maternal aunt on Burke’s Island, a craggy spit of land off the coast of Maine. Settled by Irish immigrants, the island is a place where superstition and magic are carried on the ocean winds, and wishes and dreams wash ashore with the changing tides. Nora spent her first five years on the island but has not been back to the remote community for decades—not since that long ago summer when her mother disappeared at sea. One night, while sitting alone on Glass Beach, below the cottage where she spent her childhood, Nora succumbs to grief, her tears flowing into the ocean. Days later she finds an enigmatic fisherman, Owen Kavanagh, shipwrecked on the rocks nearby. Is he, as her aunt’s friend Polly suggests, a selkie, a mythical being of island legend, summoned by her heartbreak; or simply someone who, like Nora, is trying to find his way in the wake of his own personal struggles? Just as she begins to regain her balance, her young daughters embark on a reckless odyssey of their own, a journey that will force Nora to find the courage to chart her own course—and finally face the truth about her marriage, her mother, and her past.

“Part seaside fairytale, part exploration of real-world tensions….Let yourself be transported to Burke’s Island, a salt-tinged place steeped in legends of selkies and shipwrecks, but also full of bruised and hopeful people making their wayward, human ways toward happiness.” — Marisa de los Santos, author of Falling Together and Belong to Me

“The Cottage at Glass Beach, an enchanting novel about mothers and daughters on an isolated island, is a romantic, delicious read. Barbieri’s beautiful writing and beguiling world view revel in the realities and the mysteries of the sea and of life itself.” — Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Heat Wave

About Heather Barbieri

The author of two previous novels, The Lace Makers of Glenmara, and Snow in July, Heather Barbieri has won international prizes for her short fiction. She lives in Seattle with her family.

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Heather’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, May 15th: 2 Kids and Tired

Wednesday, May 16th: Seaside Book Nook

Thursday, May 17th: Sarah Says Read

Friday, May 18th: My Two Blessings

Monday, May 21st: Savvy Verse & Wit

Tuesday, May 22nd: Amused By Books

Tuesday, May 22nd: Paperback Princess

Wednesday, May 23rd: All Grown Up?

Friday, May 25th: Kritters Ramblings

Tuesday, May 29th: Bookstack

Tuesday, May 29th: Drey’s Library

Thursday, May 31st: My Bookshelf

Monday, June 4th: Life In Review

Wednesday, June 6th: Good Girl Gone Redneck

Thursday, June 7th: Peeking Between the Pages

Tuesday, June 12th: Wandering Thoughts of a Scientific Housewife

Wednesday, June 13th: A Cozy Reader’s Corner

Friday, June 15th: Luxury Reading


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