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Vintage: A Novel
By  Susan Gloss
William Morrow
March 2014

Violet Turner grew up in a small Wisconsin town, married the star football player right out of high school, then spent 10 miserable years watching him lose jobs and guzzle beer. He found the money Violet had hidden from her waitressing job and had been saving to enroll in college, he spent it all went on a bender. Violet divorced him, moved to Madison and opened a shop called Hourglass Vintage. The inventory of the shop is very upscale and she knows the history of every item. Violet has very little social life since her good friend, Karen, got married, moved to the burbs and had a baby. Violet wants a baby more than anything and realizes her biological clock is running on fumes.

April Morgan wants to return a wedding dress she purchased at Hourglass, but there is a no return policy at the store. April is eighteen, has recently lost her mother, is five months pregnant, and Charlie, her fiancé, walked out on her. April has been granted a full scholarship to the University of Wisconsin and the philanthropic group that awarded her the scholarship will pay an employer for her to be an intern. Betsy, a wealthy widow that set up the funding for the scholarship group, asks Violet to hire April even though Violet doesn’t want an intern, but Betsy has helped her out and sends her exquisite merchandise. Violet and April don’t bond because the younger woman’s sorrow is so overwhelming but they do work well together and April has some fantastic ideas for the store.

Amiphi Singh came to the United States forty years ago. She raised a daughter who wants nothing to do with her Indian culture. Amiphi has just learned of her husband’s betrayal that has lasted for forty years. She begins cleaning out her old life and her closets and brings her the items to Violet. Her clothes are all beautiful silk saris and hand woven scarves. Soon Amiphi, April, and Violet are a power unit and when Violet’s landlord gives her an eviction notice in order to sell the property to a development company they work hard to save the store.

VINTAGE is a breathtaking read that is impossible to put down. It’s a poignant story that you can sit back and enjoy the watching these gal-pals take control of their lives. Susan Gloss has a strong voice, and an awesome talent with the written word.


Betty Cox, ReaderToReader.com
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