For Gloria, Wherever You Are

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For Gloria is a story of first love, the hardest one to get over when it ends, especially if it ends when no one wants it to. It is the story of two young people fumbling their way through the process of growing up, developing a relationship of the heart and mind that neither person realized the full meaning of. It is a truly realistic narrative of high school, with dialogue that captures the thoughts and conversations of young people, which makes them come alive with the vibrance and frenetic energy of the ...

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Overview

For Gloria is a story of first love, the hardest one to get over when it ends, especially if it ends when no one wants it to. It is the story of two young people fumbling their way through the process of growing up, developing a relationship of the heart and mind that neither person realized the full meaning of. It is a truly realistic narrative of high school, with dialogue that captures the thoughts and conversations of young people, which makes them come alive with the vibrance and frenetic energy of the teenage years of the early '60s. Filled with the rock 'n' roll of the times, it is a story told through the eyes and memory of a narrator in his mid-40s, returning to his old high school to "get some ideas" for his next novel, but who finds himself reliving a special and almost forgotten period in his life, and re-loving a girl he had almost allowed to fade from his memory. For Gloria shows how three months of a person's life can sometimes be more influential and more important than three years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781424141265
  • Publisher: Publish America
  • Publication date: 6/5/2006
  • Pages: 454
  • Product dimensions: 1.01 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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  • Posted November 5, 2008

    A funny and poignant story of high school, growing up, and falling in love

    This novel captures the essence of that first love, when nothing seems real but everything seems right. The love that you fall hardest into and that you can never forget. Mix in some hilariously outrageous high-school moments, the music of the late Fifties and early Sixties, the cars, the dances, the distant parents that you didn't find on LEAVE IT TO BEAVER or THE DONNA REED SHOW, and you have a tremendously powerful and realistic story. The people are real, the dialogue is real, and the detail in description puts the reader IN the book. I want more from this author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2006

    A TIMELESS PIECE ABOUT LOVE AND GROWING UP

    A friend bought me this because he had the author for a teacher. After I had it sitting on my end table for about three months, I finally picked it up, wondering 'A teacher? How good could it be?' Well folks, this is a great book, alive with all the stuff that we all went through in high school and more. I didn't like the ending, but only because it WAS the ending. Even though it's close to 500 pages long, it read fast and I didn't want it to end there. I hope there's a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2006

    Great Read, Greater Memories

    Well, I've read all of them now, Ed, and they just keep getting better and better (although if I had to pick my favorite, it would be very hard). Like the others, real people in real situations, all speaking real words. I found myself alternating between laughing out loud and wiping my eyes. The ending was so damn bittersweet. Like she said, 'teenage hearts are meant to be broken.' Brought back a lot of memories for me, even though the author and I are a good two decades apart in terms of growing up. Keep 'em coming, please!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2006

    Take Me Back, Please!

    If you have ever been in love, especially in those heady, lost, and confusing days of adolescence, then this novel will keep you reading and wishing you could go back, even with all the heartbreak that love that young includes. This really reminded me of A SEPARATE PEACE, with the flashback format and the love story, even if the Gene-Finny thing was more of a friendship story. I had to wonder if the girl's real name was Gloria, and if she's still out there, whether she will find a copy of this in her hands someday. Anyway, it made me remember a girl in my own life back in high school and caused me to wonder what life would have been like if I hadn't let her go. Thanks, Ed Buhrer.

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