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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A northern gothic tale about resilience and belonging

In a boom town dominated by a man-eating lake, Renee and Danny Chance start a new life in his grandfather's cabin. Renee struggles to keep her head above water until she is drawn into the orbit of two beautifully notorious bar-singer cousins, and all three women are called to test the bonds of blood and loyalty. A polyph
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 15th 2017 by Invisible Publishing
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Nic Brewer
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Wow, what a book. I want to write something here because I know it's helpful, when a potential reader wanders over and wants to know why it's rated five stars. But part of what made it wonderful is that I can't quite put my finger on what sucked me in and wouldn't let me go - Wigmore's writing, the aching truth of small town-ness, the unflattering complexity of Renee, Crystal, and Glory. I loved this simple and familiar story of navigating a new town, parenthood, new people, art and family and g ...more
Sally Makin
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Glory” is a glorious novel! Set in central British Columbia it’s a story about family, friendship, loneliness and belonging. I loved Gillian Wigmore’s descriptions of the journey north from Vancouver and the subsequent harsh realities of life on the lake in an isolated small town. Wigmore’s language is beautiful and poetic. I thought that her use of the different voices in the Chorus was unique and it certainly enhanced the multi-layered aspects of the story for me. The characters in “Glory” ar ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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i loved this book. i feel for Renee who is going through post-partum depression in an isolated Northern town. i wanted to know Glory and hear her sing. reading this book is like hanging out quietly at the Dream Beaver Pub, drinking a beer and getting a chance to soak up the local drama of Chance Bay. GW does a fine job of rendering small town conflict and intimacies, without an ounce of saccharine. the portraits of the women are especially strong and believable. i wish Glory had a sequel. i'd re ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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If, like me, you never want to have kids, this book will hammer home the horrible, constricting, suffocating nature of kids. Our protagonist overcomes it, but sort of in a magical way - too much emotional and mental change behind the scenes to be entirely convincing.

What I loved about this book: its role as a love letter to Northern BC, as a love letter to wild or abandoned or small-town spaces which alternately confine and liberate. Which, I suppose, is what it’s trying to say about Renee’s re
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cried all the way through. Lovely, breaking, both gentle and rough much like the lake in the book.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I said an audible "oof!" as I finished this sucker punch of a book. I'm not usually a visual reader, but I could "see" this book throughout. The inclusion of sections of chorus contributed to this having a dramatic feel, like it was playing out in front of me. Especially in the climactic scene I wanted to reach out and pull everyone to safety, but I'm just a member of the audience. ...more
Aaron Shepard
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gusty, earthy, musical. At times, so dirt-under-the-fingernails real, it's astonishing. Some readers will be thrilled at the lyricism and the fantastic chorus of voices, the diversity of which is a remarkable achievement. Me, I loved the small details that show how attuned the author is to both the landscape and the people of northern B.C. It's a small but powerful book. ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this gorgeous, gripping book, for its deep sense of place and compelling women who make hard choices in an isolated place that can be unforgiving.
Amanda Hallmark
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful short novel. I loved these characters and the story. The struggles of relationships with people and place. LOVED it.
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Just when I thought it would be mundane the plot picks things up a notch. Not at all what I expected for a book about small town life. Great characters, great ending. Missed the sense of caring and community that comes with small town life. Not everyone spends their evenings partying and in the bar. Ps. Author lives on my street
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A library branch manager and the daughter of a veterinarian, Gillian Wigmore has published three books of poems: soft geography, winner of the ReLit Prize; Dirt of Ages, shortlisted for the George Ryga Award; and Orient. As well as Night Watch, she has written a novella, Grayling, and Glory, a novel. She lives in Prince George, BC.

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