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- DescriptionWhen Thea Tamborella returns to New Orleans after a 10-year absence, she finds a city gripped by fear. The privileged white socialites of her private-school days pack guns to fancy dinner parties and spend their free time in paramilitary patrols. The black gardeners, maids and cooks who work days in the mansions of the elite Garden District return each evening to housing projects wracked by poverty, drugs and gang violence. The city's haves and have-ts glare at each other across a yawning racial divide as fear turns to hate and an us-against-them mentality. Wiltz probes to the roots of violence, finding victims on both sides. [Inspired by real events], Glass House gives easy answers to the complex questions of race relations. . . . A clear-eyed, compassionate vel. -Orlando Sentinel There are villains here, only fearful and cornered people who flail at the darkness that surrounds them. . . . I have never read a better depiction of the tormented American heart. -James Lee Burke It is the painful and unflinching honesty with which Wiltz confronts the issue of crime that gives her vel its strength and power. . . . A vel that needs to be read on both sides of Convent Street. -New York Times Book Review There's romance in this book as well, [and] Wiltz's expertly paced story sustains real entertainment while causing readers to search their hearts for their own hidden versions of Convent Street. -San Francisco Chronicle
- Author BiographyChristine Wiltz, a native resident of New Orleans, is also the author of The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld and three mystery novels featuring Irish Channel detective Neal Rafferty. She coauthored a television documentary about David Duke, Backlash: Race and the American Dream, which aired on PBS in 1992.
- Author(s)Christine Wiltz
- PublisherLouisiana State University Press
- Date of Publication01/04/2001
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationBaton Rouge
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLouisiana State University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight245 g
- Width139 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine11 mm
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