Denver, CO (PressExposure) July 11, 2011 -- As with Hickey's prior books (Chasing God's River, The Five Pearls), The Glass Fence elicits both tears and laughter. It moves emotions and has the power to change old perceptions.
Hickey's mastery, after all, is in his intellectual architecture and how the characters' entrenched motivations mesh together with synchronicity.
The telling points in the storyline are Sofie thinking that because she is Afro-American, Katie will ignore her. Or Julio on the beach carrying the umbrella for Mr. Simples, seeing not the man, but what he represents. And there is 'fast' white Eddie caught between cultures, craving discoveries of all sorts, fighting temptations that will have inhibited readers looking both ways before they clap. And Simples himself, living a personal nightmare over unrequited love.
I highly recommend The Glass Fence because it is well written and says a lot as a snapshot of our current society being driven by desires; some predictable, some not so predictable. Some at odds ends about cross-gender and cross-cultural prejudices that are no more than outdated learning from times in American History that shortsighted the value of the human heart, working together, and esprit de corps for a common cause.
Returning character Katie Jones (Chasing God's River) capitulates to these values in effort to start an employee rowing team from a dysfunctional group of earnest employees. She must also solve the mysteries of The Glass Fence.
What I loved most about The Glass Fence is that no matter how much I tried to predict what would take place next, I was gladly proven wrong. The real testament about The Glass Fence is that I still cared about its characters after 352 pages. I never wanted The Glass Fence to end. And what an ending, too! I read it twice and no doubt I will read it a third time one day soon.
The Glass Fence is a most enjoyable read.
Literary Director and host of THE INSIDE VIEW SHOWTM BROADCAST book critic, on staff with a CNN affiliate station.