The Children of Mother Glory
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"Anything with two legs and a pulse." The Iron Wolf mercenaries who guard travelers on the Misery Trail are notorious for their quick and casual sex lives.

Deryn may fit the stereotype better than most, but she has her reasons. Tragedy in her childhood has left her wary of forming attachments. If you don't care, then you can't get hurt, but you can still make a mess of thin...more
Paperback, 442 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by Spinsters Ink (first published 2009)
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Amy Robertson
The Children of Mother Glory by first time author C.M. Harris is a sweeping trek spanning the twentieth century through the eyes of four disparate characters born into a Mid-western religious sect. The Potterites are not a cult, just fundamentalist and devout. Mother Glory, an absorbing and steady woman and the eventual leader of the community, is introduced to the reader as an adolescent. She’s the anchor of the novel and we see her through to old age. She is a remarkable, complexly drawn chara...more
Elizabeth Hart
I’ve been pondering this novel for a few weeks now. It struck me as intensely personal, not because I identified deeply with a character or characters (though I did), or because I assumed it was the coded diary of the author (which I did not), but because the novel is so perfectly human, filled with beautifully drawn characters, complex and utterly believable.

As I read this extraordinary novel I found myself reminded of Virginia Woolf and Willa Cather. Woolf because she was quite vocal about her...more
Ruth Sims
The Children of Mother Glory is all kinds of wonderful. When I was only halfway through, I knew I would be able to recommend it without reservation to anyone except homophobes. Now that I have finished, there is no reason to change my mind.

There's almost nothing I can add to the reader reviews just preceding mine, but I'll try. The book is arranged in what I consider to be four novellas linked by the protagonists' ties to the Potterite community, begun in faith in God, Amish-like self-sufficien...more
Faith
This novel (to use the term loosely) in 4 connected parts is centered on a fictional religious sect in the Midwest and moves from the 1910s to the present day. Mother Glory, a revered reverend and a closeted lesbian, is the best-drawn character. The author tries to make it a surprise that the fourth main character is a transwoman, but the jacket copy gives it away. Why do publishers do that?

The whole of this book is greater than its parts---each story is fairly predictable, but I enjoyed seeing...more
Karen
I thought the writing wasn't all that great and didn't quite make the Potterite community vivid enough, but I liked how she showed the gradual changes over time and tied all the stories together. Though her fast sweep through a hundred years didn't allow for as much complexity as I would've liked, each main character had a different set of conflicts and a different take on how to either balance or choose between religion and their sexuality. I wanted to give it a 3.5 and would also be interested...more
Meagan
I loved this book! The first of four short stories was the best, the others were not as good, but I still loved it. I didn't really understand the community problem that tied the stories together but I liked the personal stories, and problems. I rate this book high because it does a great job in a genre that is always looking for more and better stuff.
Sam
Really good book. I love the attention to historical detail. Loved the humor throughout. I feel like I really know these people. Really liked that it wasn't a one night read. It's a nearly 400 page book that called to me when I was supposed to be working and when I needed to be sleeping.
Catherine
I really enjoyed this collection of linked stories about LGBT members of a small pacifist church. I thought Harris really bring the different historical settings to life and I'm looking forward to reading her other works.
Lori Moon
Loved this book, very interesting point of view. I wished the stories could have had more closure, but loved it anyway.
Jo
Deeply moving, carefully crafted and insightful. Wish I could read it for the first time AGAIN.
Cheri
Very much enjoyed it. My review is at www.lezficrev.blogspot.com.
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C.M. Harris is the author of The Children of Mother Glory (Spinsters Ink, 2009) and Enter Oblivion (Casperian Books, 2011)
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