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Glen David Gold is the author of Carter Beats the Devil (Hyperion, 2001), a historical novel about Charles Carter, a real-life San Francisco stage magician who performs for President Warren Harding on the evening of Harding's mysterious death. It has been translated into 14 languages.

His next novel, Sunnyside (Knopf, 2009), is a dark romp concerning Charlie Chaplin's rise to fame during World War I and its parallels with America's embrace of its part on the world stage.

His most recent book is a memoir, I Will Be Complete (Knopf, 2018). About it, Darin Strauss (Half a Life, Chang and Eng) writes, "“I Will Be Complete is the best memoir I’ve read in years. It’s likely the best memoir published in years."

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Glen David Gold What a good question. Don't tell anyone, but I like music more than I like writing. Which is why I don't try to make music. I can't write with music…moreWhat a good question. Don't tell anyone, but I like music more than I like writing. Which is why I don't try to make music. I can't write with music playing, as it pulls me away too far, but oftentimes when I'm listening to stuff, mostly without lyrics, I realize I'm making words up almost unconsciously. So: Bach, Marais, Scarlatti, Charles Avison, and then Miles Davis, John Coltrane, MJQ (and John Lewis solo), Grant Green, Ike Quebec. As far as the book goes, you'll see there's a whole soundtrack from Herb Alpert to an embarrassing and indefensible amount of R.E.M. Throwing it back at you: are you a music person? And I think a lot of writers wish they were musicians instead of locked into narrative -- was there something particular about my work that made you wonder? (less)
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"Damn. Glen Davis Gold has done an amazing thing here in one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. He’s transported real life, or its closest approximation, into book form. He’s articulated the ways we search for the answers, thinking they’ll solve s..." Read more of this review »
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"I really enjoyed this memoir. I felt as though I really grew up alongside Glen and saw the way he viewed his life and his current situations as they happened. Glen's past is one big roller coaster and his mother is at the epicenter of it all. Thei..." Read more of this review »
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"Nearly a 5, definitely a 4.5. I’m amazed no one on GR has reviewed this (ah, just this edition it seems). I read this in 2 chunks and would have benefitted from a continuous reading. Essentially an autobiography but Gold covers so much more - memo..." Read more of this review »
I Will Be Complete by Glen David Gold
"This is over 400 pages long but I read it in a couple of days because it was SO GOOD and I COULD NOT STOP!! Mainly about his relationship with his mother and also bits about trying to get published. I wanted more about Alice Sebold - I'm sad they..." Read more of this review »
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“There were never moments in your life when you actually saw something end, for whether you knew it or not something else was always flowering. Never a disappearance, always a transformation.”
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“Faith was a choice. So, it followed, was wonder.”
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“In his youth, [he] had believed everything was possible. Then in grief, he believed everything was impossible. And now. . . he felt that when you had lived enough of your life, there was no difference between the two.”
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