A Parting Glass: a novel
Date: January 2021
Duration: 9 hours 9 minutes
Elizabeth O’Sullivan is an eleven-year-old girl with uneven bangs, and rich imagination. She fights monsters, real and imagined in a small Kansas town in the 1950’s. A tale of resilience and hope.
A Parting Glass is an exciting and suspenseful journey, filled with heartwarming moments. This is a story of transformation and coming of age in the spirit of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and the The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
'What a refreshingly different read! The subject matter is very heavy as the author tackles domestic abuse head on, however it is written in such a gentle, childlike way that it could have been written by Enid Blyton.
It's the story of a young girl, Elizabeth, the fourth of five children whose father is a drunken bully. It is not a sad story though. Elizabeth's spirit and energy are addictive and I could not wait to find out the ending. Poignant and dream like, what a way to tackle such a tough topic!'
—Michelle S, NetGalley Reviewer
'A deftly crafted and engaging story of hope and transformation, “A Parting Glass” showcases author Tess Banion’s genuine flair for narrative driven storytelling. One of those rare novels that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf, “A Parting Glass” is unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Contemporary General Fiction collections.'
—James A Cox, The Midwest Book Review