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Here are the events that make up a life: a junior high school fashion crisis, a best friend's betrayal, substance abuse, recovery, finding a satisfying career, dating fiascos, the perfect relationship, the illness and slow death of a parent. This is the life of Charlotte Anne Byers, told by Elizabeth Crane, whose debut, When the ...
Here are the events that make up a life: a junior high school fashion crisis, a best friend's betrayal, substance abuse, recovery, finding a satisfying career, dating fiascos, the perfect relationship, the illness and slow death of a parent. This is the life of Charlotte Anne Byers, told by Elizabeth Crane, whose debut, When the Messenger Is Hot, has been praised across the country for its humor and grace.
From the time she moved to New York as a young girl, desperate to tame her ridiculed southern accent, Charlotte Anne Byers has struggled to fit in-even while her strong will makes her clash with everything and everyone around her. With her mother pursuing a career as an opera singer and her father returning to Iowa, Charlotte is caught in the divide between her parents' dreams. She finds a touchstone in Jenna, a friend who will be by Charlotte's side through the death of her mother, several failed career moves, even more failed romances, a detour into alcoholism, and finding true love. In her lifetime Charlotte finds hope and disappointment mingled with faith and desperation, laughter on the heels of weeping, and success assuaging the pain of the most embarrassing failures-her path both all her own and instantly familiar.
All This Heavenly Glory confirms Elizabeth Crane's talents as the writer the San Francisco Chronicle called "hilariously off kilter and utterly refreshing." With whimsy, skepticism, and undaunted emotional frankness, she paints a dazzling portrait of one woman's unique desires and heartbreaks.
|Howard the filmmaker||18|
|Perversion #1 : the beautiful Crissy experience||28|
|About the dime||49|
|Perversion #2 : declining the Ken||61|
|A vast triangulation||70|
|A malicious use of the list format||86|
|Jesse Jackson, he lives in Chicago||96|
|All this heavenly glory||168|
|Charlotte Anne has 3.4 regrets||193|
|The evolution of the thing||212|
Posted December 19, 2006
When I first started reading this, I was unsure of what to make of it. The first chapter is an assault of descriptive words that appear to be a personal ad of sorts. The next chapter is told in the present tense and involves a young girl...so I figured it was a collection of short stories. Wrong again. What 'All this Heavenly Glory' is, is a novel told between the alternating perspectives of a young child and a young woman version of the same character, Charlotte Anne Byers. Charlotte Anne is one of the most endearing characters I've come across in modern day literature a woman that any reader will connect with and see themselves in. She's smart, funny, insecure and sarcastic..and I adored her. The book is a quick read..and details the major events in Charlotte Anne's life--from her mother's battle with cancer, to her discovering all there was to learn about the opposite sex. From alcoholism to Hollywood. From New York to Chicago, the book has it all. It's a cute story..I hate the word cute and usually find its usage condescending in some way or other, but in the case of this novel, it works. The story is cute, the main character is real and honest, and the book is very well written. I sincerely enjoyed it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
New Yorker Charlotte Anne Byers grows up in a family quite different than seen on sitcoms. For instance Charlotte Anne receives opportunities to perform in mother's opera company. As a teen in the 1970s she begins dating, but finds the boys too boyish for her; in her twenties she dates men, but finds them to boyish for her so relationships always fail. She can thank the men not in her life for her alcohol addiction. Lists keep her going whether it is why she wants to be a filmmaker or the dude that she desires who rejects her................. This biographical fiction is not for everyone as Elizabeth Crane constantly changes writing style to reflect the mood of her heroine, which in turn leads to the reader at times liking and at other segues disliking Charlotte Anne. The story line is non linear following no chronological order, and containing no climax. The approach bewildered this reviewer who considered not finishing, but could not put the book down because Ms. Crane hooks readers with a fascinating insightful character study that reflects the chaos of life. In some ways ALL THIS HEAVENLY GLORY is more a series of vignettes tied together by a lead protagonist normally the type that stars in a novel. Blending chick lit humor with a different approach, Ms. Crane writes a fine randomly scattered look at an intriguing individual that is well written, complex as there is no beginning or ending, just an insightful tale................... Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.