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Glory Goes and Gets Some
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Emily Carter's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Story Magazine, and Ruminator Review, among others. The title story in Glory Goes and Gets Some was selected by Garrison Keillor for The Best American Short Stories 1998. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Addiction, AIDS, rehabDsounds grim. However, Carter rises above the subject matter and writes in a wholly original voice that is equally irreverent, moving, sardonic, and sad. In this series of linked stories, some of which were originally published in The New Yorker, the author pieces together the chapters of her heroine's life, from Glory's childhood to her stay in treatment centers to her brief period of happiness. In one of the stories, Glory answers the question, "I'm HIV-positive, who will have sex with me?" by placing a personal ad in a magazine called Positive People. Glory knows her weaknesses and is frank and open about her bad decisions: "From nursery school on, I craved [men's] love and approval in the way I would later come to crave alcohol, cocaine and opiates." Carter shows what it is like to live the life of a knowing yet troubled woman today without passing judgment on her character. All public libraries should "go and get some."DYvette Olson, City University Lib., Renton, WA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

An intense, edgy, boldly candid and irrepressibly sardonic voice drives the 21 interlinked stories in this collection, mainly narrated by the eponymous Gloria Bronski. Exiled from Manhattan to a recovery community in Minnesota, Glory minces no words in confessing that she is a former drug addict and alcoholic. She's also HIV positive (from a liaison with a Puerto Rican air-conditioner repairman), chronically depressed, and aching for sex, love and connection. The self-described "Jewish child of professional intellectuals," she announces her obsessive neediness for approval ("my disgusting need to be liked")Ä especially by men. Glory is one of those characters who grab hold of your elbow and pour out their heart in nonstop talk. Her monologues pulse with irony and black humor; constantly cracking wise, she betrays her vulnerability only obliquely. Time and again, Glory's self-destructive behaviorÄin East Coast private schools, from which she is expelled, and in the streets and bedrooms of seamy New York neighborhoodsÄtestifies to her paradoxical temptation to act badly, even when she's close to rock-bottom. Perversely, she rebuffs her family's love and concernÄbut not their money, which always rescues her. In the story "The Bride," she admits that "males have always had incredible power over me.... From nursery school on, I craved their love and approval in the way I would later come to crave alcohol, cocaine, and opiates." But after brief spurts of chemically induced euphoria, all she has earned is a lifetime of sadness. As she progresses through Minnesota's treatment centers, however, Glory does achieve recovery, and the tender, burgeoning possibility of a hopeful life. Carter's stories are best when Glory's voice has center stage; the several third-person narratives lack the ring of authority. But her prose is everywhere supple and compelling, and this collection announces her as a brave new talent. (Sept.) FYI: Carter's literary credentials are impressive; she is the daughter of writer Anne Roiphe and the sister of Katie Roiphe. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"Breathtaking...Emily Carter's account of alienation and tentative recovery is a marvel of humor and self-awareness." --Bart Schneider, Newsday "Original and offbeat...this gentle novel is studded with examples of Glory's lush vision." --John Perry, San Francisco Chronicle "[Glory] relates even her lowest moments with lucidity and comic panache....Carter's voice is welcome, and one can only hope that she will speak up again sometime soon." --Jodi Kantor, The New York Times Book Review "Like The Red Badge of Courage, Glory Goes and Gets Some is wonderfully terrifying in its depiction of aloneness. And like Crane, Emily Carter is a young writer of staggering intelligence and compassion." --Don Hymans, Boston Review -Breathtaking...Emily Carter's account of alienation and tentative recovery is a marvel of humor and self-awareness.- --Bart Schneider, Newsday -Original and offbeat...this gentle novel is studded with examples of Glory's lush vision.- --John Perry, San Francisco Chronicle -[Glory] relates even her lowest moments with lucidity and comic panache....Carter's voice is welcome, and one can only hope that she will speak up again sometime soon.- --Jodi Kantor, The New York Times Book Review -Like The Red Badge of Courage, Glory Goes and Gets Some is wonderfully terrifying in its depiction of aloneness. And like Crane, Emily Carter is a young writer of staggering intelligence and compassion.- --Don Hymans, Boston Review Breathtaking...Emily Carter's account of alienation and tentative recovery is a marvel of humor and self-awareness. "Bart Schneider, Newsday" Original and offbeat...this gentle novel is studded with examples of Glory's lush vision. "John Perry, San Francisco Chronicle" [Glory] relates even her lowest moments with lucidity and comic panache....Carter's voice is welcome, and one can only hope that she will speak up again sometime soon. "Jodi Kantor, The New York Times Book Review" Like "The Red Badge of Courage," "Glory Goes and Gets Some" is wonderfully terrifying in its depiction of aloneness. And like Crane, Emily Carter is a young writer of staggering intelligence and compassion. "Don Hymans, Boston Review"" "Breathtaking...Emily Carter's account of alienation and tentative recovery is a marvel of humor and self-awareness."--Bart Schneider, "Newsday" "Original and offbeat...this gentle novel is studded with examples of Glory's lush vision." --John Perry, " San Francisco Chronicle" "[Glory] relates even her lowest moments with lucidity and comic panache....Carter's voice is welcome, and one can only hope that she will speak up again sometime soon." --Jodi Kantor, "The New York Times Book Review" "Like "The Red Badge of Courage," "Glory Goes and Gets Some" is wonderfully terrifying in its depiction of aloneness. And like Crane, Emily Carter is a young writer of staggering intelligence and compassion." --Don Hymans, "Boston Review" "Breathtaking...Emily Carter's account of alienation and tentative recovery is a marvel of humor and self-awareness."-Bart Schneider, "Newsday" "Original and offbeat...this gentle novel is studded with examples of Glory's lush vision." -John Perry, " San Francisco Chronicle" "[Glory] relates even her lowest moments with lucidity and comic panache....Carter's voice is welcome, and one can only hope that she will speak up again sometime soon." -Jodi Kantor, "The New York Times Book Review" "Like "The Red Badge of Courage", "Glory Goes and Gets Some" is wonderfully terrifying in its depiction of aloneness. And like Crane, Emily Carter is a young writer of staggering intelligence and compassion." -Don Hymans, "Boston Review" " Breathtaking...Emily Carter' s account of alienation and tentative recovery is a marvel of humor and self-awareness." -- Bart Schneider, "Newsday" " Original and offbeat...this gentle novel is studded with examples of Glory' s lush vision." -- John Perry," San Francisco Chronicle" " [Glory] relates even her lowest moments with lucidity and comic panache....Carter' s voice is welcome, and one can only hope that she will speak up again sometime soon." -- Jodi Kantor, "The New York Times Book Review" " Like "The Red Badge of Courage," "Glory Goes and Gets Some" is wonderfully terrifying in its depiction of aloneness. And like Crane, Emily Carter is a young writer of staggering intelligence and compassion." -- Don Hymans, "Boston Review"

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