Watching Glass Shatter is one of the best literary books I’ve read. I often get impatient with lit fic–I typically find it long on character and short on plot. This book fits into that mold, but in this case the characters were compelling enough to hold my interest, and that’s not often the case. If I never read Catcher in the Rye again, it will be too soon.
Specifically, this novel follows the Glass family after the death of its patriarch and the revelation that one of his five sons was secretly adopted into the family. Exposing one secret brings a host of others to life, and each member of the Glass family has to struggle to decide what their future role will be. James Cudney weaves each character’s concerns together skillfully, leaving the reader in a state of high anticipation for the final denouement.
If you are a lover of literary fiction, you will likely find this a satisfying read.
The author is an interesting sort as well. What can you tell us about yourself, Mr. Cudney?