The Parting Glass

The Parting Glass Devoted maid Mary Ballard s world is built on secrets and it s about to be ripped apart at the seams in this lush and evocative debut set in th century New York perfect for fans of Sarah Waters s

  • Title: The Parting Glass
  • Author: Gina Marie Guadagnino
  • ISBN: 1501198416
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Devoted maid Mary Ballard s world is built on secrets, and it s about to be ripped apart at the seams, in this lush and evocative debut set in 19th century New York, perfect for fans of Sarah Waters s Fingersmith and Emma Donoghue s Slammerkin.By day, Mary Ballard is lady s maid to Charlotte Walden, wealthy and accomplished belle of New York City high society Mary loves C Devoted maid Mary Ballard s world is built on secrets, and it s about to be ripped apart at the seams, in this lush and evocative debut set in 19th century New York, perfect for fans of Sarah Waters s Fingersmith and Emma Donoghue s Slammerkin.By day, Mary Ballard is lady s maid to Charlotte Walden, wealthy and accomplished belle of New York City high society Mary loves Charlotte with an obsessive passion that goes beyond a servant s devotion, but Charlotte would never trust Mary again if she knew the truth about her devoted servant s past Because Mary s fate is linked to that of her mistress, one of the most sought after debutantes in New York, Mary s future seems secure if she can keep her own secrets But on her nights off, Mary sheds her persona as prim and proper lady s maid to reveal her true self Irish exile Maire O Farren and finds release from her frustration in New York s gritty underworld in the arms of a prostitute and as drinking companion to a decidedly motley crew consisting of a barkeeper and members of a dangerous secret society.Meanwhile, Charlotte has a secret of her own she s having an affair with a stable groom, unaware that her lover is actually Mary s own brother When the truth of both women s double lives begins to unravel, Mary is left to face the consequences Forced to choose between loyalty to her brother and loyalty to Charlotte, between society s respect and true freedom, Mary finally learns that her fate lies in her hands alone.A captivating historical fiction of 19th century upstairs downstairs New York City, The Parting Glass examines sexuality, race, and social class in ways that feel startlingly familiar and timely A perfectly paced, romantically charged story of overlapping love triangles that builds to a white knuckle climax, this is an irresistible debut that s impossible to put down Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 320 pages Expected publication March 5th 2019 by Atria Books More Details ISBN 1501198416 ISBN13 9781501198410 Edition Language English Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Parting Glass by Gina Marie Guadagnino Author Release date Mar 05, 2019 KATE QUINN author of THE ALICE NETWORK loves this book She says Downton Abbey meets Gangs of New York in this darkly compelling debutA gem of KATE QUINN author of THE ALICE NETWORK loves this book She says Downton Abbey meets Gangs of New York in this darkly compelling debutA gem of a novel to be inhaled in one gulp Devoted maid Mary Ballard s world is built on secrets, and it s about to be ripped apart at the seams, in this lush and evocative debut set in 19th century New York City, perfect for fans of Sarah Waters s Fingersmith and Emma Donoghue s Slammerkin.By day, Mary Ballard is lady s maid to Charlotte Walden, a wealthy high society belle Mary loves Charlotte with an obsessive passion that goes beyond a servant s devotion, but Charlotte would never trust Mary again if she knew the truth about her devoted servant s past On her nights off, Mary sheds her persona as prim and proper lady s maid to reveal her true self Irish exile Maire O Farren and finds release from her frustration in New York s gritty underworld in the arms of a prostitute and as drinking companion to a decidedly motley crew consisting of a barkeeper and members of a dangerous secret society.Meanwhile, Charlotte has a secret of her own she s having an affair with a stable groom, unaware that he s actually Mary s own brother When the truth of both women s double lives begins to unravel, Mary is left to face the consequences Forced to choose between loyalty to her brother or to Charlotte, between society s respect and true freedom, Mary finally learns that her fate lies in her hands alone Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book 2019 Adult New Adult Debuts 95 books 234 voters Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 09, 2018 Katherine Riley rated it it was amazing Despite surface appearances, The Parting Glass is no historical novel of corsets and bodices This is a novel of the whalebone beneath of the women of the house playing against men like chess pieces It is also a timely microscope on the cyclical struggle against racism that has imbued this country s entire bloody history, in this case focusing on Irish immigrants and the brutality and subjugation they incurred in the century before they became simply white But what raises this story to the Despite surface appearances, The Parting Glass is no historical novel of corsets and bodices This is a novel of the whalebone beneath of the women of the house playing against men like chess pieces It is also a timely microscope on the cyclical struggle against racism that has imbued this country s entire bloody history, in this case focusing on Irish immigrants and the brutality and subjugation they incurred in the century before they became simply white But what raises this story to the level of magic, and makes it utterly unique, is the unrequited love that drives it, and the young gay female point of view from which it s told flag 13 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 11, 2018 R rated it it was amazing I find historical fiction stories fascinating when they are well written and researched The Parting Glass was such a book This was a story of lovebetween an Irish brother and sister and a shared love of an English heiress But this was also a story where social class and racism were a part of everyday life where Nativists and the Know Nothing party spread hatred and incited violence against immigrants and Catholics It was not a time for a forbidden love to flourish, especially those harbor I find historical fiction stories fascinating when they are well written and researched The Parting Glass was such a book This was a story of lovebetween an Irish brother and sister and a shared love of an English heiress But this was also a story where social class and racism were a part of everyday life where Nativists and the Know Nothing party spread hatred and incited violence against immigrants and Catholics It was not a time for a forbidden love to flourish, especially those harboring life altering secrets Gina Marie Guadagnino effectively captured this NYC time period of diversity, politics, violence, corruption and made it into a very captivating read flag 12 likesLike see review Jul 22, 2018 Kris Waldherr rated it it was amazing Just finished reading THE PARTING GLASS Stunning writing paired with incredible research make for a lush, immersive read that s impossible to put down Think Edith Wharton by way of Emma Donoghue yup, it s that good More to come closer to publication Many thanks to the author and the publisher for the advance e galley flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 10, 2018 Julia Phillips rated it it was amazing Wow So lush and immersive, so intelligently written I loved this Found myself thinking of the characters hours after I finished reading, as if they were friends I cared for and worried about Sharp, vivid, excellent flag 11 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Martie Nees Record rated it liked it Genre Historical FictionPublisher Atria BooksPub Date March 5, 2019This novel, set in the 1830s, has all the makings of great storytelling You will read much about Tammany Hall the name given to the notoriously corrupt Democratic political machine that dominated New York City politics during the 19th century You will meet Maire O Farrell and her twin brother Seanin They are from Ireland and fresh off a boat that landed them in the poverty stricken area known as The Five Points You might Genre Historical FictionPublisher Atria BooksPub Date March 5, 2019This novel, set in the 1830s, has all the makings of great storytelling You will read much about Tammany Hall the name given to the notoriously corrupt Democratic political machine that dominated New York City politics during the 19th century You will meet Maire O Farrell and her twin brother Seanin They are from Ireland and fresh off a boat that landed them in the poverty stricken area known as The Five Points You might know of the infamous Five Points from the book or the movie Gangs of New York The Points was a 19th century neighborhood located in Lower East Manhattan that included Mulberry Street Back then, Mulberry Street historically associated with Italian American culture, where the Mafia blossomed and made the street a household name was filled with Irish rather than Italian immigrants If interested, nowadays it is Chinese immigrants who walk Mulberry streets On the other side of town is Washington Square, which was and still is a very wealthy area These families hired cheap labor from the nearby tenements This is how the twins end up working as servants in a Washington Square home Mary becomes a lady s maid to beautiful Charlotte Walden, the belle of New York City s high society Seanin, when not busy becoming the leader of an Irish gang, works as a stable groom for Charlotte s favorite horse Both brother and sister fall in love with the mistress of the house I am not giving anything away All of this is described in the book s blurb Are you in yet I was So why was I disappointed in the novel You must get by now that Parting Glass has a strong feel of Upstairs Downstairs, where Downtown Abbey meets the Gangs of New York For this reviewer, the tale should have been a captivating read There is love, tragedy, and a good dose of Mulberry St A neighborhood I used to live in The storylines didn t feel properly linked together By day, Mary is prim and proper By night, she is getting drunk with gang members and slapped around have no fear, Mary gives as good as she gets in an Irish pub I find it far fetched that her secret nightlife could be as well hidden from her day life as presented in the book I also had a hard time buying that Mary s sexuality was as accepted by all as the author writes, especially by the male gang members Personally, I wish that was true But sadly if I am not mistaken, there was not a thriving gay scene in the Lower East Side for than a century later It is clear that Guadagnino did her research on the history of violence in The Five Points This makes it all the confusing that she depicts a casually accepted gay woman in this setting I think the author was attempting to emulate Sarah Waters erotic thriller The Paying Guests, or Waters Fingersmith, a historical crime novel Both books are set in the Victorian era Both books are page turners that include lesbian love affairs Guadagnino, like Waters, does a great job of writing intelligently on what in present time is known as love is love I applaud the author on this The uneven storylines are where I take issue I think a good editor could have made this book a far better read than it is.Pre Oder The Parting Glass on I received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.Find all my book reviews at flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Jessica Woodbury rated it really liked it Shelves arc, historical fiction, lgbtq 3.5 stars.One very simple way to get me to read historical fiction is to make it gay Put a Fingersmith comp in there and I am putty in your hands THE PARTING GLASS is about a lady s maid who just happens to be desperately in love with her lady Mary dresses her lady, does her hair, washes her, and tends to her She also leaves her window open once a week so her lady s lover can sneak into her room Oh, and that lover just happens to be Mary s brother Mary real name Maire and her brother Sea 3.5 stars.One very simple way to get me to read historical fiction is to make it gay Put a Fingersmith comp in there and I am putty in your hands THE PARTING GLASS is about a lady s maid who just happens to be desperately in love with her lady Mary dresses her lady, does her hair, washes her, and tends to her She also leaves her window open once a week so her lady s lover can sneak into her room Oh, and that lover just happens to be Mary s brother Mary real name Maire and her brother Seanin are Irish immigrants hiding their real relationship and their real names to get positions in the same house so they can stay together But their mutual love of Charlotte threatens to come between them.That s not the only thing to come between them but I ll save you spoilers If you like stories of maids and ladies, courting and balls and downstairs drama, there is plenty of that here There is also lots and lots of sex when I say I like it gay, I do prefer sex be included Ultimately this came short of 4 stars for me with an ending that wrapped up too quickly when there were so many balls in the air I also felt like some of the relationships could use a bit of fleshing out I didn t feel like I really knew Charlotte all that well, which is tricky when she s the primary focus of Mary s attention The prose sometimes took a bit of effort to get through, it just didn t quite have a rhythm flag 7 likesLike see review Oct 21, 2018 Jess rated it it was amazing Review forthcoming flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 23, 2018 Kelsey added it Shelves for work Certainly the sexiest historical novel I ve ever read but with an intense, fascinating political backdrop and fully realized, complex characters that make this hist fic of the highest order flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Pascale rated it really liked it Shelves advanced readers copy, historical, lgtbqia, netgalley Disclaimer I got an advance reader s copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review This is being billed as being tailored for those of us who love Fingersmith, so I had to pick it up and I am not disappointed that I did Much like Fingersmith there are some twists and turns and an upstairs downstairs romance, but I think that the setting here plaid a greater role I quite enjoyed the descriptions of 19th century New York, especially after reading the author s afterword detailin Disclaimer I got an advance reader s copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review This is being billed as being tailored for those of us who love Fingersmith, so I had to pick it up and I am not disappointed that I did Much like Fingersmith there are some twists and turns and an upstairs downstairs romance, but I think that the setting here plaid a greater role I quite enjoyed the descriptions of 19th century New York, especially after reading the author s afterword detailing her love affair with the city and its history I thought it a bit unlikely that no one would notice that Seanin and Maire were twins, and how quite a few people were presented as having a relatively open mind about two women in a relationship together.I also got a bit annoyed when one character referred to herself as a gay girl , when the first documented use of the word gay to signify homosexuality was recorded in 1953, like a 100 years after this book But this seems to me like the only element that was really out of place Everything else, pacing, characterization and descriptions were wonderful I d recommend this to lovers of historical fiction, and those trying to read diversely flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Bandit rated it really liked it review of another edition Well, it isn t Sarah Waters But then again any historical fiction with Sapphic undertones is probably going to draw those comparisons, which frankly just isn t fair to the books themselves For me there s nothing quite like Sarah Waters books, but then again even some of Sarah Waters books aren t Sarah Waters, which is to say her work is uneven, but when it s good it s sublime But then again, this is a review of an entirely different book and a very good one in its own right Parting Glass is Well, it isn t Sarah Waters But then again any historical fiction with Sapphic undertones is probably going to draw those comparisons, which frankly just isn t fair to the books themselves For me there s nothing quite like Sarah Waters books, but then again even some of Sarah Waters books aren t Sarah Waters, which is to say her work is uneven, but when it s good it s sublime But then again, this is a review of an entirely different book and a very good one in its own right Parting Glass is essentially a love triangle or two love triangles if you want to be technical set in 1827 New York Irish twins actual twins not the saying come to the city to improve their circumstances, get work as servants for a wealthy family him as a stables groom, her as a lady s maid and both fall madly in love with the young lady Charlotte, who reciprocates one directionally causing much strife between the siblings So it s essentially Sarah Waters meets Downton Abbey meets Gangs of New York, since there s a lot of upstairs downstairs goings on and there are a lot of politics of the time involves, the Irish weren t especially welcome or valued at the time in America the attitude that s now extended to or less all immigrants , so they had to fight their way to respect as it were and, you know lesbians The historical fiction aspect of the novel is very well done, there s a certain grimy realism to the servant and working class characters and a glitz to the upper crust And Long Island is a barely cultivated barely populated place, which is, all things considered, quite possibly the best version of it The characters are well developed and possess their varied charms, my favorite was the stargazer to use the lovely colloquialism of the times There was something ever so slightly lacking, but honestly I can t put a finger on it Something about Mary Maire s character and something about the last scene, but that s as close as I can get to figuring it out But really it was a very enjoyable reading experience, if not completely immersive, than at the very least very engaging For a debut it s certainly most auspicious And it admirably stayed away from veering off into women s fiction, bodice ripper territory or any such inanity This was the book I was really looking forward to reading ever since finding it on Netgalley and mostly it lived up to my expectations Recommended Thanks Netgalley flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Paula Ptomey rated it it was amazing Have you ever wanted someone so badly, but knew that they were out of your reach Mary Ballard in Gina Marie Guadagnino s The Parting Glass, can understand how you feel She knows that if her employer knew her true background, she would be sent away However she loves her mistress than she can imagine So much so that she keeps her mistress secrets, even when it drives a wedge between her and her brother So what does she do when her mistress secrets maybe found out Now that her mistress Have you ever wanted someone so badly, but knew that they were out of your reach Mary Ballard in Gina Marie Guadagnino s The Parting Glass, can understand how you feel She knows that if her employer knew her true background, she would be sent away However she loves her mistress than she can imagine So much so that she keeps her mistress secrets, even when it drives a wedge between her and her brother So what does she do when her mistress secrets maybe found out Now that her mistress knows Mary s secrets as well, is she in jeopardy The parting glass will have you reading at a break neck speed to find out what happens next Wonderfully told and historically correct Awesome read flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 31, 2019 x1f339 rosa x1f339 rated it liked it 3.5 stars, full review forthcoming flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Caroline Mea rated it liked it Gina Marie Guadagnino s debut novel is rich with history and imagery, and is unlike any historical fiction novel I have read before The book stars a small cast of characters, narrated by Mary Ballard aka Maire O Farren Mary is a lady s maid and has quite a few secrets of her own By day she is prim, proper, and the perfect example of a lady s maid to her beloved Charlotte Walden By night, she is Maire, a regular at the pub, drinking and swearing with the rest of the boys This is all compli Gina Marie Guadagnino s debut novel is rich with history and imagery, and is unlike any historical fiction novel I have read before The book stars a small cast of characters, narrated by Mary Ballard aka Maire O Farren Mary is a lady s maid and has quite a few secrets of her own By day she is prim, proper, and the perfect example of a lady s maid to her beloved Charlotte Walden By night, she is Maire, a regular at the pub, drinking and swearing with the rest of the boys This is all complicated by the love triangle she finds herself in A love triangle that involves her lady and her own brother.I wasn t sure if I liked Maire at first she was prickly and honestly was not easy to root for at first But as we learn about her backstory, I grew sympathetic to her and her own confusion I also grew to appreciate some of the other characters in the book, especially Liddie and Dermot I did wish for a bit development of Charlotte, as Mary s feelings towards her are incredibly important to the story Perhaps the best thing about this story was how much I learned about a time in U.S history that I knew almost nothing about I was unaware of how much racism existed toward the Irish and how this figured into U.S politics in the 1830s I knew nothing of the underground world that the Irish created for themselves I found this aspect of the novel the most interesting and honestly wished for Overall, this book was a good read but I felt like the ending wrapped things up a little too quickly Also, fair warning that there is a goodly amount of strong language, graphic sex, and violence including violence against women I would recommend this book to someone who is interested in a gritty upstairs downstairs story with Sapphic undertones It is unlike anything I have read from the historical fiction genre Note I received a complementary ARC via the publisher Atria and NetGalley in exchange for a review All opinions are my own flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Claire rated it really liked it I picked up the pre release of this book at the ALA midwinter conference and DEVOURED it on the flight home When I saw the blurb on the front saying it was Downton Abbey meets Gangs of New York I was instantly interested and 100% not disappointed The world that is created in this book is exquisitely detailed and captivating, and I could not put it down flag Like see review Dec 30, 2018 Cathy rated it liked it I struggle to review this because I enjoyed the author s writing style, historical accuracy, and descriptive language However, be forewarned that the sex scenes are graphic and in my opinion, gratuitous flag Like see review Nov 28, 2018 Barbara rated it really liked it Shelves new york city, 19th century, immigrants, historical fiction, romantic relationships, lgbtq I received an ARC of this book to review for Library Journal Please read my review there when it is published flag Like see review Amy Morgan rated it liked it Sep 24, 2018 Jessa rated it really liked it Dec 29, 2018 Isabel rated it it was amazing Jan 09, 2019 Sarah rated it really liked it Jan 24, 2019 Kenzie Erickson rated it it was ok Jan 29, 2019 Amber rated it really liked it Jan 06, 2019 Kate Hope Day Day rated it it was amazing Aug 07, 2018 Megan Rudloff rated it it was amazing Nov 12, 2018 Natasha rated it it was amazing Dec 19, 2018 Jan 18, 2019 Jypsy marked it as to read The Parting Glass is a complex story Layers of lies from the characters begin to unravel The plot unfolds as secrets are revealed and hard choices must be made Family or self Reputation or love The story is engaging and hard to put down It s the kind that pulls you in and keeps your interest until the end A great read Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Caity rated it liked it Jan 10, 2019 Crystal King rated it it was amazing Jan 18, 2019 Lauren Murray rated it really liked it Jan 28, 2019 Ethel artisanwriting rated it really liked it Jan 14, 2019 new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Gina Marie Guadagnino s debut novel, THE PARTING GLASS, will be released from Atria Books in Spring 2019 Her previously published work includes three short stories Whisper in the Shadows, which appears in THE MORRIS JUMEL ANTHOLOGY OF FANTASY AND PARANORMAL FICTION In the Sky She Floats, which appears in MIXED UP COCKTAIL RECIPES AND FLASH FICTION FOR THE DISCERNING DRINKER AND READER0 and From the Inbox of Madness, which appears in WELCOME TO 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    The Parting Glass The Parting Glass is a Scottish traditional song, often sung at the end of a gathering of friends It was purportedly the most popular parting song sung in Scotland before Some Notes On The History Of The Parting Glass Follow JuergenKloss Some Notes On The History Of The Parting Glass revised I The Parting Glass is a very popular Irish song with an interesting history. Parting Glass Sheet Music The Wailin Jennys Singers Parting Glass Sheet Music PDF Format Only There is now sheet music available for The Parting Glass It is a three part a capella version SSA , written as it is sung by the Jennys. Celtic Woman The Parting Glass Lyrics MetroLyrics Lyrics to The Parting Glass by Celtic Woman Of all the money that e er I had I spent it in good company And all the harm I ve ever done Alas it was to Ed Sheeran Parting Glass Lyrics MetroLyrics Jan , To me, the song i nostalgic wistful a remembering of life well lived, but perhaps not entirely fulfilled Even before the knowing the title was the Parting Glass, I thought it was a song of farewell, perhaps a permanent farewell. Ed Sheeran The Parting Glass Lyrics AZLyrics Lyrics to The Parting Glass song by Ed Sheeran Of all the money that e er I had I ve spent it in good company And all the harm that e er I ve done Celtic Woman The Parting Glass Lyrics AZLyrics Lyrics to The Parting Glass song by Celtic Woman Of all the money that e er I had I spent it in good company And all the harm I ve ever done Alas it Police Poems The Parting Glass THAT LAST SUPPER At the end of every career, there is a gathering to thank and celebrate the individual who is entering retirement It s an opportunity to sum up the events of that career and to talk about a unique and individual personality and what he or she has meant to the organization. The Parting Glass If I Should Fall From Grace With God Fairytale of New York Shane MacGowan Jem Finer The title for this one comes from the novel A Fairytale of New York by Irish American author James Patrick Donleavy b The novel itself was based on an earlier short story and a play Fairytales of New York that Donleavy also wrote. Ideas for Parting Gifts Our Everyday Life When you want to express your gratitude to your guests after a successful event, party or weekend, give them thoughtful parting gifts Parting gifts can be homey or elegant, but need not be expensive Ideas for parting gifts may include gourmet chocolates, CD music mixes, elegant flowers or gift

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      Gina Marie Guadagnino s debut novel, THE PARTING GLASS, will be released from Atria Books in Spring 2019 Her previously published work includes three short stories Whisper in the Shadows, which appears in THE MORRIS JUMEL ANTHOLOGY OF FANTASY AND PARANORMAL FICTION In the Sky She Floats, which appears in MIXED UP COCKTAIL RECIPES AND FLASH FICTION FOR THE DISCERNING DRINKER AND READER0 Gina Marie Guadagnino s debut novel, THE PARTING GLASS, will be released from Atria Books in Spring 2019 Her previously published work includes three short stories Whisper in the Shadows, which appears in THE MORRIS JUMEL ANTHOLOGY OF FANTASY AND PARANORMAL FICTION In the Sky She Floats, which appears in MIXED UP COCKTAIL RECIPES AND FLASH FICTION FOR THE DISCERNING DRINKER AND READER0 and From the Inbox of Madness, which appears in WELCOME TO MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY When not writing, Gina practices the dark art of university administration at New York University She resides on the island of Manhattan with her family, her library, and about 1.6 million of her closest friends

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    1. Despite surface appearances, The Parting Glass is no historical novel of corsets and bodices This is a novel of the whalebone beneath of the women of the house playing against men like chess pieces It is also a timely microscope on the cyclical struggle against racism that has imbued this country s entire bloody history, in this case focusing on Irish immigrants and the brutality and subjugation they incurred in the century before they became simply white But what raises this story to the Despit [...]


    2. I find historical fiction stories fascinating when they are well written and researched The Parting Glass was such a book This was a story of lovebetween an Irish brother and sister and a shared love of an English heiress But this was also a story where social class and racism were a part of everyday life where Nativists and the Know Nothing party spread hatred and incited violence against immigrants and Catholics It was not a time for a forbidden love to flourish, especially those harbor I find [...]


    3. Just finished reading THE PARTING GLASS Stunning writing paired with incredible research make for a lush, immersive read that s impossible to put down Think Edith Wharton by way of Emma Donoghue yup, it s that good More to come closer to publication Many thanks to the author and the publisher for the advance e galley.


    4. Wow So lush and immersive, so intelligently written I loved this Found myself thinking of the characters hours after I finished reading, as if they were friends I cared for and worried about Sharp, vivid, excellent


    5. Genre Historical FictionPublisher Atria BooksPub Date March 5, 2019This novel, set in the 1830s, has all the makings of great storytelling You will read much about Tammany Hall the name given to the notoriously corrupt Democratic political machine that dominated New York City politics during the 19th century You will meet Maire O Farrell and her twin brother Seanin They are from Ireland and fresh off a boat that landed them in the poverty stricken area known as The Five Points You might Genre Hi [...]


    6. 3.5 stars.One very simple way to get me to read historical fiction is to make it gay Put a Fingersmith comp in there and I am putty in your hands THE PARTING GLASS is about a lady s maid who just happens to be desperately in love with her lady Mary dresses her lady, does her hair, washes her, and tends to her She also leaves her window open once a week so her lady s lover can sneak into her room Oh, and that lover just happens to be Mary s brother Mary real name Maire and her brother Sea [...]



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