The House of Velvet and Glass (book review)

Do you believe in channelling and mediums and crystal balls? I went through a phase in high school where I read every Edger Cayce book I could find, and Ruth Montgomery, and I checked out the Urantia Book again from the library (I read most of it in 6th grade). But that was a long time ago. I do have odd dreams occasionally involving spaces and conversations that seem random and made up at the time, but that really do happen weeks, months, or years later. I do not, however, tend to jump from acknowleging these dreams to assuming people can channel dead people’s spirits.

Well, this book, The House of Velvet and Glass, by Katherine Howe, is smooth enough that it can draw even a cynic like me into suspending disbelief about spirits and such, at least while immersed in the book. In fact I had more difficulty believing that 2 wealthy women from the expensive part of the Titanic could be among the dead, when I know very few wealthy women missed the lifeboats in that disaster. (I managed to accept this historical glitch too, and the author admits this was a stretch in her afterward, so all is still well.)

I hope it is no spoiler to any now reading this, for me to give away that the Titanic, on her maiden voyage, struck an iceburg, at night, and sank. This novel is about those who are left behind to grieve and move on. In this book, Howe also addresses the issue of whether knowing the hidden past, or the even more hidden future, is a boon or a curse. I could easily see this as a successful book club selection, as there is a lot of potential for great conversations through reading and discussing this book.

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