- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Inanna Poetry and Fiction Series; 1st Edition edition (May 30 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 192670892X
- ISBN-13: 978-1926708928
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 259 g
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,322,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Glittering Chaos Paperback – May 30 2013
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"An innocent trip to Las Vegas sparks a series of commissions and revelations that unravel a couple's deepest beliefs about themselves and each other. Like Madame Bovary before it, A Glittering Chaos illustrates with an expert synthesis of empathy and honesty the ways in which our fantasies can have very real, and potentially devastating, consequences." - Richard Rosenbaum, Broken Pencil"A Glittering Chaos assures de Nikolits of her rightful place in the Literati world. The perfect balance of the Yin Yang of writing shines through in every chapter."- Betsy Balega, author, Being Mystic, producer/host of Tuning in with Betsy "I picked up A Glittering Chaos and instantly became caught up in the story of Hans, Gunther and Melusine. The story itself is engrossing with an ending I didn't expect so it would rank high on that basis alone. it's a mystery and also a character study and Melusine is a woman we become fascinated by. What impressed me more, however, is the author's skill - her writing soars. Over and over again I was carried away with a turn of phrase or a perfect description. It stands on its own as a literary novel. And if that isn't enough, the hot romance was great!"-D.J. McIntosh, author of The Witch of Babylon and The Book of Stolen Tales"Lisa de Nikolits manages to integrate all these surprising pieces into a jigsaw that is a poignant, at times even lyrical, story of sexual coming-of-age, and the sometimes hard price paid for the wisdom of middle-age."--Beverly Akerman, author of The Meaning of Children "Lisa de Nikolits is a smart, sensitive and adventurous writer, and she pulls out all the stops in her third novel. Sometimes comical, sometimes touching, sometimes outrageous, A Glittering Chaos is a riveting read from start to finish." - Rosemary McCracken, author of Safe Harbor"A Glittering Chaos grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go! Part romance, part thriller, part mystery story, I found myself wondering what twists and turns would happen next. Nothing in this story was predictable: the book kept me guessing (and intrigued) to the final page. I was reminded of the Peter Greenaway film "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" -- passionate, sexual, unusual and dark, but always very human."- Terri Favro, Author of The Proxy Bride"A Glittering Chaos is wonderful, dark, witty and wild. Here is a writer who is willing to explore the darkest corners of the human psyche and expose life for all its beauty and depravity. Lisa de Nikolits is a master storyteller who takes the reader on an unforgettable ride that begins with Melusine and her husband, Hans, whose trip to Las Vegas unravels their lives in ways they never would have thought possible. Stories within stories. Poetry. Madness. Illicit love. A city's power to unleash forgotten selves. The real dangers of trying to get to the truth. A Glittering Chaos has it all. A completely riveting read that will engage the mind, body and spirit."--Lisa Young, author of When The Earth
About the Author
Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits has been a Canadian citizen for nine years and has lived in Toronto for thirteen. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. As an art director, her magazine credits include marie claire, Vogue, Vogue Living and Cosmopolitan, SHE and Longevity. Her first novel, the critically acclaimed The Hungry Mirror, won the 2011 IPPY Gold Medal for Women's Issues Fiction, and her second novel, West of Wawa, won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal for Popular Fiction.
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But it quickly became clear that those sections weren’t the pivotal part of the story. It wasn’t the actions as much as the motivation. WHY did the people do what they did? A Glittering Chaos is the literary equivalent of the pebble dropped into a pond. The ripples of one young girl’s actions extend further and further across time, people, and places affecting everyone. And there are other smaller pebbles…like Dietrich falling for Martin. The way people’s lives are woven together after the most minor actions is fascinating.
At times the action slowed, we seem to be killing time, waiting for the next important event. But after Hans rapid descent into madness things really pick up as countless new and old people are thrown into the mix and you feel a bit mad yourself as you try to determine what will happen next. Love? Motherhood? Reunion? Death? New relationships? Old relationships? Forgiveness? Revenge?
A Glittering Chaos grabbed me two pages in and just didn't let go. The story is original and shocking and at times is so intense I couldn't read fast enough. It's full of unique, incredibly well-developed characters who I cheered for, was sad for, and feared for. Lisa made me care about ficticous characters in a book.
It's the little details about their everyday lives (details that don't have anything to do with the plot) that Lisa includes that bring these characters to life for me. As I read one of her books, I keep asking myself how she does it. I can't imagine the work that obviously goes into each line, each word.
I'm notorious for trying to figure out how a book will end, but Lisa kept me in suspense until the very end. It was one of those books where I couldn't wait to find out how it ended, but at the same time didn't want the adventure to be over.
I am constantly in awe of Lisa's talent as a storyteller and each book leaves me waiting anxiously for the next.
Thank you Lisa for the exciting ride. I loved it.
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