Author: Lisa de Nikolits
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Inanna Publications (May 30, 2013)
The adage about “what happens in Vegas” is funny precisely because we know it’s wishful thinking. A Glittering Chaos is about what happens when “what happens in Vegas” comes home to haunt you. Melusine is a German librarian whose ho-hum world wobbles after she tags along when her husband Hans attends a Las Vegas optometry conference. A newly empty nester who speaks no English, Melusine’s voyage of self-discovery is punctuated by the poetry of Ingeborg Bachmann, nude photos in the desert, a black dildo named Kurt, autoerotic asphyxia, and the unravelling of her husband’s sanity because of a secret from his youth. A smart, funny and incredibly wise novel about marriage, secrets and lies, and unusual sexual proclivities.
At times when reading A Glittering Chaos I could hear my grandmother’s voice in my head saying, “Oh dear me.” (Seems Melusine’s husband Hans isn’t the only one hearing voices ) Yes, it’s true there were a few parts of A Glittering Chaos that were a bit shocking for a small town gal like me.
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?
My hubby, who was trying to peacefully watch some sports event on TV while I read this book, can attest for my wonder measured by my random outbursts. “Nooo…I don’t get it…Wait, is it the sister…OMG, does **** kill her?” Poor guy, some nights I talk more to my books than I do to him.
Thanks to WOW Blog Tours and author Lisa de Nikolits for a review copy of A Glittering Chaos. If you’d like a chance to win your own copy of A Glittering Chaos stop by the WOW blog here.