Overview & Audience
“Watching a Glass Shatter” is a ~95K word (365 page) novel that explores the impact of a patriarch’s death on his widow (Olivia) and their five sons — a family full of explosive secrets ready to come out of hiding. When a letter he leaves in his will threatens to destroy Olivia, she goes on a quest with each of her sons to determine what their future holds, learning along her path what it means to make a choice, accept tolerance and provide forgiveness.
This novel falls into the contemporary adult fiction genre, focusing on the drama affecting a family used to keeping everything contained. It covers Olivia’s range of emotions including love, anger, frustration, empathy, jealousy and sadness. And it covers the 5 sons: a former drug addict, a runaway, a momma’s boy, a pompous fool and the proverbial golden child.
Each chapter is told from a different major character’s perspective (Olivia and the 5 sons) and the book is broken down into 29 chapters divided into 5 sections: (1) Death & Will Reading, (2) Reaction to Death, (3) Revelation of New Secrets, (4) Olivia’s Reaction to the Secrets (5) Future Plans.
The wealthy Glass family has lost its patriarch, Benjamin Glass, sooner than expected. Benjamin’s widow, Olivia, and her 5 sons each react to his death in their own way while preparing for the reading of his will. But it is Olivia who receives a very unexpected confession from her late husband about one of their sons that could shatter the whole family. Prior to revealing the secret to her children, Olivia needs to figure out which boy Ben is referring to in the confession he left her in his will. While the family attorney is searching for the mysterious Rowena Hector whom Ben says holds the answers, Olivia asks her sons to each spend a week with her as she isn’t ready to let go of the past. But when Olivia visits her sons, she quickly learns that each one has been keeping his own secret from her. Olivia never expected her remaining years would be so complex and life altering, but she will not rest until she is able to bring her family back together after Ben’s untimely death. Will she be able to fix them or will the whole family implode?
We all need family. We all want to fit in. We’re a mix of quirky personalities. Find out where you fit in with this extraordinary family drama about the Glass family.