Top positive review
A mesmerising & beautiful story of strength
25 December 2015
I bought this book because it looked interesting and was in the top 20 and I felt it was time for some historical fiction (not my usual genre of choice). I'm so pleased I did because it was like the glass blowing itself - this was quite mesmerising but surprisingly complex.
Taking place at the end of the nineteenth century, we are introduced to the Steinmann family. Joost Steinmann is a glassblower who lives in a small German village with his three daughters, his wife having passed away some years before. Like most households in their small town, the men blow the glass and the women decorate the beautifully crafted pieces. The story is a testament to the determination of the three Steinmann sisters. Each dealt with the death of their father and their subsequent poverty in their own way, yet they still managed to work together to provide for themselves as a family unit. There are some truly shocking parts especially a very graphic rape scene and one of the sisters is subject to dreadful domestic violence as she is brutalised by her husband. The beauty of this story was that in fact despite the sisters sufferings, they overcame them and were stronger together. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction, or has any interest in German culture. The art of glassblowing was well researched by the author, and it was interesting to read about this unique and beautiful craft.