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The Glass Ocean

(2013)
A novel by

 

"A captivating story-teller... has the flash and fire of molten glass."
John Banville


THOMAS PYNCHON:
"An adventure of dreamlike momentum and romantic intensity, brought alive by a storyteller with uncanny access to the Victorians, not only to the closely-woven texture of their days but also to the dangerous nocturnal fires being attended to in their hearts."

JOHN BANVILLE:
"The Glass Ocean is that rarest of things, a historical novel, or at least a novel set in history, that is also a work of art. Lori Baker is a captivating story-teller, and her prose has the flash and fire of molten glass."


"I write in retrospect, from the vantage of a distant shore." Flame-haired, six-foot-two in stocking feet, eighteen-year-old Carlotta Dell'oro recounts the lives of her parents - solitary glassmaker Leopoldo Dell'oro and beautiful, unreachable Clotilde Girard - and discovers in their loves and losses, their omissions and obsessions, thecircumstances of her abandonment and the weight of her inheritance. Thomas Pynchon calls debut novelist Lori Baker "a storyteller with uncanny access to the Victorians, not only to the closely woven texture of their days but also to the dangerous nocturnal fires being attended to in their hearts."

Carlotta's story begins in 1841, when Leo and Clotilde meet aboard the Narcissus, on an expedition led by Clotilde's magnanimous, adventuring father. Leo is commissioned to draw the creatures of the deep sea, but is bewitched instead by golden Clotilde, beginning a devotion that will prove inescapable. Clotilde meanwhile sees only her dear papa, but when he goes missing she is pushed to Leo, returning with him to the craggy English shores of Whitby, the place to which Leo vowed he would never return.

There they form an uneasy coexistence, lost to one another. The events of the Narcissus haunt them, leaving Clotilde grieving for her father, while Leo becomes possessed by the work of transforming his sea sketches into glass. But in finding his art he surrenders Clotilde, and the distance between the two is only magnified by the birth of baby Carlotta.

Years have passed, and Carlotta is now grown. A friend from the past comes to Whitby, and with his arrival sets into motion the Dell'oros' inevitable disintegration. In hypnotic, inimitable prose Lori Baker's The Glass Ocean transforms a story of family into something as otherworldly and mesmerizing as life beneath the sea itself.

Chicago Tribune
"Baker is gifted with a surreal, descriptive imagination, and her Victorian world is densely populated with the kind of objects you want to pick up and examine: kaleidoscopes, mechanical birds, glass eyes, hanging orchids. The novel is a cabinet of curiosities stuffed to the gills with fascinating things."


 
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Used availability for Lori Baker's The Glass Ocean


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Hardback Editions

November 2013 : USA Hardback
Title: The Glass Ocean
Author(s): Lori Baker
ISBN: 1-4104-6370-2 / 978-1-4104-6370-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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August 2013 : USA Hardback
Title: The Glass Ocean
Author(s): Lori Baker
ISBN: 1-59420-536-1 / 978-1-59420-536-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Press
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January 2013 : UK Hardback
Title: The Glass Ocean
Author(s): Lori Baker
ISBN: 1-84408-947-9 / 978-1-84408-947-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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Paperback Editions

September 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: The Glass Ocean
Author(s): Lori Baker
ISBN: 1-84408-948-7 / 978-1-84408-948-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: The Glass Ocean
Author(s): Lori Baker
ISBN: 0-14-312566-4 / 978-0-14-312566-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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January 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: The Glass Ocean
Author(s): Lori Baker
ISBN: 1-84408-946-0 / 978-1-84408-946-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

August 2013 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Glass Ocean
Author(s): Lori Baker
ISBN: 1-4829-1608-8 / 978-1-4829-1608-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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August 2013 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Glass Ocean
Author(s): Lori Baker
ISBN: 1-4829-1606-1 / 978-1-4829-1606-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2013 : USA MP3 CD
Title: The Glass Ocean
Author(s): Lori Baker
ISBN: 1-4829-1607-X / 978-1-4829-1607-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

August 2013 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Glass Ocean
Author(s): Lori Baker
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Glass Ocean: A Novel
Author(s): Lori Baker
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon CA   



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