Glassmusic: Lost Songs & Last Chances,
Language for the Living and the Dead.
No Stranger Than My Own Memory’s Rooms.
I had to listen to the first three poems a good three times, in sheer awe of the poet’s imagination. Well worth 10 minutes or so on a Friday night, though I would recommend the entire 1/2-hour! He reads a couple poems in both Swedish and English, an extra treat.
Snow dedicated her reading on Friday to her late mentor & writing advocate, Cort McMeel. Glassmusic wouldn’t exist without him & her writing group, the Seven Samurai. She enjoyed all the wonderful support at her book signing from friends, students, new readers, and the BookBar!
- Glassmusic was shortlisted for the 2015 International Rubery Book Award!
- 2015 Robert and Daryl Davis Fellowship in Poetry, Seaside Writers Conference
- Editor’s Pick for poetry in the 2013 Northern Colorado Writers Contest, featured in Pooled Ink
- 1st Place in the 2007 Writers Studio Contest for narrative nonfiction, Arapahoe Community College, featured in Progenitor
Reviews of Glassmusic
- “Silence and Sound,” Rosalie Grosch, Norwegian American Weekly
- Annie Dawid reviews Glassmusic, with a nice comparison to Ingmar Bergman’s films! (Her review was also featured in Colorado Central, June 2015).
- A review by author and blogger Melissa Cronin
- “A lyrical debut novel,” Norwegian American Weekly
- Praise for Snow’s Debut Novel
- Snow’s poem, “Butterfly Boy,” was added to the Denver Poetry Map and featured as an Editor’s Pick in Pooled Ink
Blogs & Reviews by Snow
- Laughing at Coyote, the Chicano/Chicana Trickster, review of Red Canyon Falling on Churches, poetry by Juliana Aragón Fatula
- “Returning to Her Roots: Rebecca Snow Speak in Seattle”
- Inspired by Family History
- Seaside Writers Conference
- Tranströmer Reads from His Work
- Bly vs. Fulton: Tranströmer’s “Allegro”
A few blogs written for Lighthouse Writers Workshop
Author Interviews and Panels
- Story of a Book, Lighthouse Writers
- Like Norway But Warmer–A Writers Write Interview with Rebecca Snow
- Rebecca Snow, Writer–Les Femmes Folles interviews Snow about her writing
Glassmusic was shortlisted for the 2015 International Rubery Book Award.
From the judges: “Glassmusic achieves a lot in a short space, successfully evoking the world of early twentieth century rural Norway and creating a rite of passage novel for Ingrid, the main character, and her blind father, who creates music from filled glasses of water. It explores in a thought-provoking way how religion can uplift or distort into disturbing behaviour. The writing is deceptively spare, creating its own beauty, which complements the simplicity of the farming setting.”
“Like Ingmar Bergman’s films, Snow’s creation is a world unto itself.”
–Annie Dawid, author of And Darkness Was Under His Feet: Stories of a Family
Read Dawid’s full review here.
“Listen to Glassmusic. Its delicate beauty will resonate long after you close the cover on the final page.”
–William Haywood Henderson, author of Augusta Locke
“Glassmusic explores the perils of childhood and the burden of holding dark secrets with prose as resonant as the music at the center of the story. Young Ingrid navigates chilling territory as she learns to make music alongside her father, and tries to make sense of a terrible incident she witnesses. The world through Ingrid’s eyes is fragile and fraught with danger. Snow’s debut novel is as beautiful as the frozen landscape she describes with such precision.”
–Tiffany Quay Tyson, author of Three Rivers
“Glassmusic is as elegant and finely wrought a novel as the title suggests. Snow’s stunning prose evokes the Norwegian Fjordlands with the sensory impact of a lucid dream and delivers a symphonic combination of emotionally complex characters and immersive story that lingers in memory long after the pages have turned.”
–Doug Kurtz, author of Mosquito
“Rebecca Snow’s Glassmusic is a wonder of imagination and skill. Part coming-of-age story, part examination of faith and evil, part family portrait and a consideration of how young women become their truest selves, part tribute to both the creative spirit and the enduring bonds between sisters, the book unfolds with uncommon beauty, terror, grace and restraint. Rural, 1920’s Norway is evoked so vividly it becomes a character itself, an animate, spiritual landscape that makes us feel we are there, one with Ingrid’s developing awareness, as the story hurtles toward its startling – and satisfying – denouement. Luminously written, in language as precise and delicate as ‘the echoes of water and glass’ made by the magical musical instrument at its heart, this book has the authority and resonance of a fable. I read in one sitting, spellbound by its beauty, insights, and power.”
–Alison Townsend, author of Persephone in America
“The rural setting, community, and family dynamics create a powerful presence against which Ingrid must struggle to become her own person. Both good and evil play disturbing parts.”
–Norwegian American Weekly
In the serene fjordlands of Norway in the early twentieth century, Ingrid has led a blissful childhood until, through no choice of her own, she becomes holder of her family’s secrets. Her father, a blind preacher who ministers through sacred music played on glassware, increasingly relies on Ingrid to see for him even as it threatens to tear apart his marriage. And after she witnesses an assault against her sister, Ingrid must decide when to speak and when to remain silent, whom to trust and when to run away. Glassmusic explores the sometimes devastating realities of loyalty and jealousy, with philosophy, music, and love serving as guides.
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Header photo by Arnold Hoddevik