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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 p…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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"This is by far the best memoir I’ve read in a loooong time. I found myself craving and aching to read it all the time. I told people about it even though I try not to recommend books until I’ve finished them. Really good!! Though there were maybe two" Read more of this review »
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"I really enjoyed this memoir, particularly when he writes about his childhood. He gives the impression of not pulling any punches when he looks at his younger self. That, and the description of Daniel and his mother were probably the strongest, most " Read more of this review »
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"Although this was over 400 pages long, I could have kept reading long after the book ended. Gold’s relationship with his mother reminded me a lot of elements of Jeanette Walls The Glass Castle, so I would recommend that for anyone who read this and w" Read more of this review »
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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 some" Read more of this review »
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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 playing, as it pulls me away too far, but oftentimes when I'm listening to stuff, mostly without lyri See Full Answer
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Gerry I am not musical but profoundly jealous of those who are. There is something about Carter that I always thought was musical and I am always intrigued ...more
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Glen Gold You are correct -- Carter is musical, or at least I had some rhythms in there that I hoped evoked some classical themes. I went to an auction of the G ...more
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Gerry I've finished I Will Be Complete. Its astonishing - thank you.
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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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