Just Read: Vintage by Susan Gloss

April 30, 2014

{Disclosure: I am being compensated for sharing my thoughts on this book, but the thoughts remain all mine and true.}

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I suppose I’m biased, but there’s something extra magical about books written by Midwestern women. Susan Gloss, a Madisonite, is no exception to this. She tells a beautiful story of the connections between women, our connections to history and how it comes alive through vintage items, and redemption. Stories of redemption make me feel alive, and I love that this book held surprises after the pain and angst, with an ongoing theme of what it means  to trust another person, even when trust seems too hard.

This story takes place in Madison, Wisconsin and is rich with the imagery of that beautiful and folksy yet eclectic city. The main character, Violet’s, business is built on a passion for the stories behind every item in her vintage shop and a love for connecting with everyone who comes through the door. Both of these passions resonate with me as a lover of all things “old” with their own histories, and as a person who thrives on the threads pulled between every one of us.

I read this book quickly and watched the relationships unfold through the things women touch, making them come back to life.

This is a great spring and summer read, so pick it up, friends. Violet’s store is waiting and I think you might discover some truths while you treasure hunt there.


Tam Francis May 2, 2014 at 8:41 am

Thanks for the review. I had seen this novel and LOVE vintage (I have my own novel in the works), but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy this. I’m convinced. I just finished “Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” set in the 1940s and this might be a good follow-up. It kind of reminds me of “Secret Life of Dresses.” Have you read that. How would “Vintage” compare with it?

Thank you
~ Tam Francis ~
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Amanda May 4, 2014 at 2:22 pm

I so need a good story. Thank you for this.
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Susan May 20, 2014 at 9:07 am

Late to the party here, but just wanted to say thanks for the lovely review!
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