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All This Heavenly Glory

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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316014212
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
06/04/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,236,016
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

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