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Glory Goes and Gets Some

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  25 reviews
From her patrician childhood on New York?s Upper East Side, to her chemical addictions downtown, and her unlikely, tenuous yet rewarding alliances on 12-step rehab programs in the Midwest, Glory gives us an uncensored and irreverent account of her experiences scoring dope on the streets and seeking redemption in recovery. The straight road has never had so many turns as Gl ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 27th 2003 by Serpent's Tail (first published September 1st 2000)
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Genevieve Tyrrell
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Effing awesome. The language in this is extraordinary and experimental even. Carter also has such a wonderfully powerful- in your face - provocative voice which isn't always something I've been exposed to from a female writer, yet she also retains a level of self humility and raw brokeness I admire. ...more
Alison Hunter
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short stories of addiction and recovery, raw and honest accounts of the horrible nature of them. There was a story in here close to the story of a woman I bought a hat from once and that haunted me. I wonder still if it's her story? I gave Andrew the hat as a gift, it was a special hat he loved and didn't own it that long. Not long after she died, he lost the hat and always felt bad about it. Like a part of that woman was lost too. ...more
Always interesting and sometimes dazzling, a collection of stories and fragments from the life of a self-destructive upper middle-class bad girl.

Emily Carter grew up in a privileged Upper East Side home, the daughter of feminist writer Anne Roiphe, and proceeded to explore other options, ending up a HIV+ recovering junkie. Presumably autobiographical, these linked stories about a recovering addict named Glory, set largely in New York City and Minneapolis (the addiction and recovery capitals of t
Sue Seeger
Dec 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, ya
This was some gritty stuff right here, but felt very immediate. In your face good, but not for wimps.
Karen Street
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book in a second hand shop in Freemantle, Austalia and was delighted to have discovered this writer (and disappointed to find she hasn't written much more). Her prose is beautifully crafted overall. Even the pieces that are a bit too whimsical for my taste ("Minneapolis", intro to "Falling Friends") have gorgeous bits. "Zemecki's Cat" and "Parachute Silk" are masterpieces that sucker punch you in the gut with their honesty and humanity. This writer has rare insight into human natur ...more
Diann Blakely
This fetchingly titled, début collection of interlinked short stories concerns a still often-ignored demographic: HIV-positive young women from the middle and upper-middle classes. The protagonist is fresh out of rehab and has some hilarious things to say about the American recovery community. In her sardonic but heartfelt chronicle of getting beyond heroin and alcohol abuse, she meets “an awful lot of people...who talked the talk, all the time. Their faces seemed to glow, and they’d go on and o ...more
Michelle Llewellyn
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Whenever I find myself getting bored and skimming, that's when a book only gets one or two stars for being redundant. I have trouble sympathizing with characters, in this case one very egotistical female character, who glory in self-destructive behavior. Once we finally got around to the "AIDS" part and all its glory it was time to get off this snowball and go read some Coetzee. Hey, we should get those two together! ...more
Aug 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short_stories
This book started strong. I was absolutely mesmerized by the writing in the first half of the book. The Glory stories were raw and truthful and beautiful. In the second half of the book, though, Glory becomes a less prominent character and the writing seemed to lose some of the sharpness it had in the first half. The stories were more traditional and less compelling.

Still, this book deserves four stars for being some of the best short story writing published today.
Caryn Rose
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I hated it. I loved it. I wanted to throw it across the room. It made me cry unexpectedly, usually on the subway, which just increased my love/hate relationship with it. In the end I was glad I read it and would recommend it to others, but just be warned that you may have the same kind of reaction and don't give up! ...more
Aug 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In some parts of the book where Glory talks about her struggle
in dealing with substance and behavioral addiction, I can imagine
how frustrating it is -- having the feeling of being unwanted.

Though I don't find the book a compelling read, the author's manner
of writing is rhythmic and superb. Her narrating persona, I can say,
is brutally honest.
Jun 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The spirit of humor, even whilst in the throws of self-destruction, is devestatingly honest. I'm recommending this book to a Dr. friend who's an HIV specialist who works at the local free clinic . . . I'll report back his findings. ...more
Jul 31, 2009 rated it liked it
at first i really liked the style of this person's writing . before end of book though, i was pretty depressed and couldnt get through last story or two. i know- i am way too impressionable..... would like to check out any other things by this author though. ...more
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know that cheap thrill you get when some book you're reading or show you're watching mentions your provincial hometown? The cool thing about Glory is there's lots of thrills in addition to that type of thrill. ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how I missed this when it came out. Creative, well written and solid, Carter sets several stories right out of rehab. She calls MN "the land of 10,000 recovery centers". She's right. Anyway, a pleasure to read. ...more
Jun 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ignore the tacky cover pictured here (or go for the Picador edition if you can find it). If you've ever been caught by addiction or love or Minnesota or funny women, you should read this book. And you probably should if you haven't, because you will be. The title story is brilliant. ...more
Jun 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
When you might want to leave the world behind and read something totally stupid, turn to Glory before you abandon all hope of 'serious' fiction. ...more
Leila Cohan-Miccio
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, fiction
Really beautifully written, but I lost interest when the stories weren't about Glory. ...more
Nov 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: recovering Minnesotans
Recommended to Kate by: Emily, in a way
"Those people from the Midwest. Oh, they're clever. Watch the snowflakes fall, observe the sky change from blue to black to blue again, and think and think and think before they speak." ...more
Tina Carstensen
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Loretta, dear friends
Recommended to Tina by: Jeannine reminded me about it
I loved this book. Teaches you to love the characters for being brave and trying even if they fail. Honest and smart interpretations of people not often portrayed fairly.
Nov 11, 2007 rated it liked it
Also read in 2003.
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Raw, real writing that will make you think, smile, and cry.
Katie Cruel
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
A close call between three and four. The stories are well crafted and stand alone great but the momentum is lost about 1/2 the way into the story cycle.
Kimberly Lambright
May 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
fiercely poetic.
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
gritty short stories from the US.
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“Like so many other kids gone wrong from my time, place, and class, I thought it glamorous to be self-destructive. Unfortunately, I had also always known that this was a stupid and callow way to think.” 4 likes
“Like diabetes, she referred to it. Diabetics take insulin. In the same way, people with bipolar disorders took lithium, and alcoholics went to AA. Diabetes is the all-purpose analogy in my culture. Everybody has some form of it that needs to be tended on a maintenance basis. No one is ever cured, no one gets all the way well.” 4 likes
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