Sea Glass : Fortune's Rocks Quartet

  • by Anita Shreve
  • Narrated by Judith Ann Gantly
  • Series: Fortune's Rocks Quartet
  • 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is a house on the beach. Honora doesn't mind renting - despite its age and all its flaws, the old house is the perfect place for a new marriage. She and Sexton throw themselves into fixing it up, just as they throw themselves into their new life together. Each morning, Honora collects sea glass washed up on the shore, each piece carrying a different story in its muted tones. Sexton finds a way to buy the house, but his timing is perfectly wrong. The economy takes a sickening plunge, and as financial pressures mount, Honora begins to see how little she knows this man she has married. Like those translucent shards that Honora finds on the beach, Sea Glass is layered with the textures, colors, and voices of another time. There is Vivian, an irreverent Boston socialite who becomes Honora's closest friend even as she rejects every form of convention. McDermott, a man who works in a nearby mill, presses Honora's deepest notions of trust - even as he embroils her in a dangerous dispute. And there's Alphonse, a boy whose openness becomes the bond that holds these people together as their world is flying apart.


What the Critics Say

"A literary novel of the caliber and craft of Edith Wharton or Henry James." (Baltimore Sun)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

surprising -

a love story, set in the depression - yet beautiful - friends helping each other - inspite of beliefs - or maybe because of them - you'll enjoy the listen - absolutely
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- Dorothy

Not as captivating as her other's

There are some audio books I sit in the car just to finish (Poisonwood Bible was one) - this is not one of them. There are some I never finish (Salmon Rushdie). Sea Glass falls in the middle. The characters are rich and the historical context of the mill life and depression informative and heartbreaking. The plot is interesting enough but it lacked the dramatic tension and excitement of many of her earlier books (e.g. Pilot's Wife and Fortunes Rock). I never really cared about the main characters; I thought the secondary characters from the Mill were the most interesting.
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- PaintPots

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-24-2002
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio