All This Heavenly Glory

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The glittering new book from the author hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "unique, intriguing, and often hilarious."

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 ...

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The glittering new book from the author hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "unique, intriguing, and often hilarious."

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.

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Library Journal
Crane follows up her short story collection, When the Messenger Is Hot, with this first novel about the life and times of New Yorker Charlotte Anne Byers. A strange assortment of chapters ranges over her evolution from slightly dysfunctional kid to slightly dysfunctional adult, including episodes of childhood performances in her mother's opera company, first dates in the 1970s, failed relationships, alcohol addiction, and her desire to be a filmmaker. Crane employs peculiar writing styles, reeling from paragraph-long sentences to a plethora of `m-of-consciousness lists. Some pieces of the story, especially the latter chapters, are enjoyable and snappy: Charlotte Anne's one-sided relationship (or nonrelationship) with a guy she falls for after one conversation is a witty ride as she lists her feelings day by day. Overall, however, the book is confusing because the chapters themselves are so diverse. Purchase where Crane's previous book has a following.-Beth Gibbs, Davidson, NC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316014212
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 6/4/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Ad 1
Urchin #2 11
Howard the filmmaker 18
Perversion #1 : the beautiful Crissy experience 28
Famous 37
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
Notre Monde 123
Eleven 139
Brooklyn 155
All this heavenly glory 168
Charlotte Anne has 3.4 regrets 193
Guidelines 202
The evolution of the thing 212
Football 223
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2006

    everyone will connect with this main character

    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 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.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An insightful tale

    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 Klausner

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