The Glass Lake Book Summary and Study Guide

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A women leaves her family to live with her first love. However, mismatched events leads the family to believe she drowned in the lake instead. This is the struggle of the daughter growing up without a mother, and later finding out her mother is alive and well.
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The review of this Book prepared by Colleen

This is the very fascinating story of many forms of love.
Ms. Binchy excels in intimately acquainting the reader with a woman who is has desperately searched for "true" love. When she feels she has found it, once again she realizes her loss. The story is very complex and never dull. I think back on the story often and will always consider "The Glass Lake" one of the most excellent books I have read.
The review of this Book prepared by Delight Comphel

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's    -   1930's-1950's Marriage/Married    -   Yes Marriage subplot:    -   marriage of convenience spurring real love Searching/Rekindling love?    -   Yes Lost Lover:    -   rekindling love after long time Who:    -   momma Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding Is really...    -   not in love (pretended so) Family focus?    -   Yes Family, loving    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age/status:    -   40's-50's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   blissful    -   sensitive    -   guilty Unusual characteristics?    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   40's-50's Profession/status:    -   homemaker Effect of sexing    -   guilty Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Ireland Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   90% Focus of story    -   Her    -   equally on two couples How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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