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Not since The Little Prince fell in love with a rose has a book captured the magic of a world where love longs for what it cannot have, recovers what it has lost, and the unimaginable flutters with luminescent wings out of crystal caves.
Panache, an exuberant road gypsy, is on her way to the mountains. Benjamin Pencil, The Man With The Glass Heart, has no use for mountains. But their paths cross, their lives intertwine, and Benjamin follows her up to where hills are smothered in poppies and a man can reach out and write his name in the sky.
As they travel, they encounter the beautiful but predatory Woman with the Breeding, a collector of hearts who tries to add Benjamin’s exquisite heart to her pitiable hoard; the malicious Man who Laughs, who lives only to create fear and to kill dreams; and Panache’s iconoclastic, unreliable, and utterly irresistible father. Papa plays his saxophone with the same wild abandon with which he lives his life, and cautions Panache that if the mountains are in a man, he will go there … and that mountains are in the man with the glass heart.
It is in those mountains that they meet the melodious laughing bird. Melody, with her irresistible song and aquamarine eyes, lures Benjamin to an Arabian Nights world where hypnotizing creatures dance and sing late into the night.
At what peril does Benjamin Pencil follow the melodious laughing bird? To what end? Can real hearts be broken? Is a shattered heart the end of all love? Or can it be a new beginning?
Praise for The Man With the Glass Heart
This joyous book blazes and shimmers with vitality, goodness, felicity and gladsomeness. Clearly, Shelly Reuben was born with a hopeful heart, which accounts for her courage as a writer…the courage to tell the unabashedly ennobling story of The Man With the Glass Heart. Kathryn Kennison, Director and Co-Founder – Magna cum Murder. Ball State University.
The Man with the Glass Heart …takes the reader on an extraordinary journey that is insightful, unpredictable, warm, wise and ultimately joyous…Shelly Reuben has such a brilliant way with words that she can deal with elemental themes and universal truths and make them fresh and revealing. Peter Lovesey, Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient – The Crime Writers Association
Reuben uses rich, luxurious language to transport the reader into a fairy-tale land that is nonetheless grounded in reality and illustrative of a life well lived, and loved. Everyone will find reflections of their own most treasured possession in Benjamin Pencil’s heart. The Man With The Glass Heart broke mine. Jeffrey M. Genung, Managing Editor – The Evening Sun
Panache and Benjamin Pencil in Shelly Reuben’s The Man With The Glass Heart are alive from start to finish…Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. Having read Shelly’s other books, I wasn’t surprised; her characters jump off the page. David M. Kinchen, Book Critic – Huntington News Network