A Parting Glass

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Pub Date 03 Oct 2018 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2021

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“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.”

~ James A Cox, The Midwest Book Review

Meet Elizabeth. She’s unruly—the kind of child you’d find playing in a train yard, or climbing trees. She has a secret, a hidden place where she stashes found objects and hides from scary monsters.  

An eleven-year-old with uneven bangs and a grand imagination, Elizabeth sees the world as she needs it to be and makes the real unreal—a proper skill to have when born into a family cursed with hard realities. She hopes to reach the age of twelve and leave Catholic school and her nemesis Sister Mary Paul behind. But before that can happen, she needs to make a change in her world.

A Parting Glass is an exciting and suspenseful journey filled with heartwarming moments. 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.

With the aid of her brothers and sister, Elizabeth O’Sullivan fights monsters, real and imagined, in a small Kansas town in the 1950’s. Her world revolves around her family—a sweet mother, and a brutal father who is shaped and defined by childhood diabetes. Elizabeth sees Sister Mary Paul and her father as two distinct monsters who are tethered together with a long rope that extends for miles. If one appeared she knew for sure the other was just around the corner, lurking. The only place to hide is in her make believe world where she finds a unique way to deal with monsters, and a path to freedom.

An adventure with a surprising twist, A Parting Glass is a tale of resilience and hope.

In homes where violence is a daily occurrence, or at the very least an expectation, children can develop symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD. A disorder that can result in symptoms of detachment from reality. When Elizabeth flashes back to a moment of violence, it is not her but someone very much like her that she is watching; there is a separation between her body, and her essence, a depersonalization. She pulls at her eye lashes, rocks, and remembers.  

Tess Banion became a storyteller at the age of two. It took her many more years to test her writing skills for real. She grew up in a nice size Catholic family with three brothers and a sister. Her first novel is based on truths, half-truths, and flat-out lies.

She has raised two children and helped sustain a marriage of 37 years. She’s gone to school (got a couple of Masters), worked in politics, changed careers and found her calling. This is her first novel but not her last. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas. 

“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.”

~ James A Cox, The Midwest Book Review

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Advance Praise

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

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...


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A powerful story told in a hauntingly beautiful narrative. I quickly came to care for Elizabeth, and then the rest of her family, as they struggled, each dealing with the abuse in their own ways and being something different for each other. The omni-narrative allows you to see into the thoughts of many of the characters, which at times really serves the story and at others felt a touch jarring. While it wasn't jarring enough to make the story any less profound, it did pull some from Elizabeth, who to me came across as the main protagonist. The world comes to life, making it easy to feel as if you are right there. It is the kind of story that will stay with you long after you've finished reading. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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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!

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Parting glass is about an eleven year old girl named Elizabeth. She's adamant to leave her Catholic school at her upcoming age of twelve. Before she leaves, she has to change a couple of things with her life. This novel is absolutely amazing, the epitome of resilience and hope. It was captivating and suspenseful, and had a journey full of excitement.

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This is a troubling story about Elizabeth, an 11 year old girl whose father is violent not only with her mother, but with Elizabeth and her three older siblings. Elizabeth goes to a Catholic School where her teacher, Sister Mary Paul, hates Elizabeth and physically punishes her every chance she gets. Poor Elizabeth fights the violence in her world with a very active imagination, escaping to her "sacred place" to hide from her father when needed. This book really touched me, as I also grew up in a violent home. Although my father was never abusive to us kids, witnessing the physical abuse my mother experienced at his hands was terrifying! Tess Banion portrayed very accurately what is like to be a child growing up too quickly in a chaotic home. #APartingGlass #NetGalley

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