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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Glass Flower is a work of fiction in the thriller, family drama, and recent history subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. This highly compelling novel penned by author David Procaccino is set in July 1972, amid the closing chapter of the Vietnam War. We follow the story of Jim Malory, a veteran and psychiatrist, as he strives to rebuild his life in Glenwyth, a tranquil enclave in Philadelphia. However, his pregnant wife, Maria, questions his mental state, and their daughter, Ruthie, is adrift in search of human connection. Malory's attempts to help two new patients, fellow veterans of Vietnam, become a journey of self-discovery, aiming to mend his relationships and his own fractured psyche.
Author David Procaccino has crafted a thrilling family portrait that brings together past and present, revealing the inextricable link between Malory's wartime experiences and the challenges he faces in his personal life. I found this well-described and atmospheric novel to be a totally immersive experience, and I loved diving into the intricacies of human relationships and the profound psychological consequences the characters faced. The author's exploration of forgiveness as a path to healing resonates throughout the accomplished and well-paced narrative. It serves as a poignant reminder that, without forgiveness, the scars of trauma persist, threatening to engulf both the individual and those close to them. Procaccino's writing is evocative and nuanced, capturing the psychological intricacies of the characters but also utilizing dialogue to move the plot forward without lots of unnecessary prose. Overall, Glass Flower is a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant novel that navigates the delicate terrain of trauma, forgiveness, and family bonds, and I would not hesitate to recommend it.