Author of VINTAGE (William Morrow/HarperCollins, March 2014)
Susan Gloss is the author of the novel Vintage (William Morrow / HarperCollins, March 2014). She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in English and Spanish, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives on Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband, young son, and a neurotic hound dog. She balances–or attempts to, anyway–writing and family time with working as an attorney, curating an online vintage shop at Etsy.com, and writing about food for Edible Madison magazine.
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Vintage is the story of a vintage clothing store, the women who work and shop there, and the garments that come through the door.
Violet Turner, the owner of Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, knows the personal history behind each item in her store, from a Chanel suit to a Bakelite cocktail ring. Yet when it comes to her own life, she’s determined never to revisit her troubled past, even if it means forever closing off her heart.
Eighteen-year-old sales clerk April Morgan is halfway through an unplanned pregnancy when her boyfriend calls off their hasty engagement. The perfect 1950s wedding dress April had planned to wear now hangs limp in the store’s back room, ignored, just like her dreams.
Shop customer Amithi Singh has struggled to share the traditions of her native India with her only daughter, with limited success. Now facing an empty nest, Amithi longs to be useful in some way, but after decades of housekeeping and parenting, fears she has nothing more to offer.
Hourglass Vintage, the place where these unlikely women become friends, is a shop riddled with financial woes. If Violet, April, and Amithi can’t save it, the shop will soon be forgotten like the costume jewelry and crinoline gowns on its sales floor.