“The Glass House” by Beatrice Colin

Genre: Historical FictionThe Glass House
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pub. Date: September 15, 2020

In the twentieth century, a woman in India marries a Scottish man.  They live together in India with their biracial daughter. He is a plant biologist who travels on expeditions around the world in search of discovering rare flowering plants. His wife and child make an unannounced trip to Scotland to visit her husband’s estranged sister who lives on the family’s grand estate. The estate has a glasshouse filled with exotic plants. Yes, you are guessing correctly. There are reasons why they showed up unexpectedly with their suitcases. This was not a social call. I found this book to be way more of a women’s fiction than historical fiction, lots about marriages and not much about history. The only thing I learned is that some wealthy families have always looked down on those that are different.  The one percent rule of black blood has been around before America created that unholy rule. The novel was not for me.  However, if you like twists you will find them in this story.

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6 thoughts on ““The Glass House” by Beatrice Colin

  1. Hi. Not sure if I’ve mentioned this before in any of my comments: I’m very impressed with Chaim Potok’s fiction. Currently reading his Old Men At Midnight. He has a straightforward, methodical way of writing. Its power comes from the accumulation of telling details.

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