Glimmering Girls: A Novel of the Fifties

Glimmering Girls: A Novel of the Fifties

by Merrill Joan Gerber


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Glimmering Girls tells the story of three extraordinary American women during a time of sexual and cultural repression. Francie and her friends Liz and Amanda are college students, coming of age intellectually, emotionally, and physically in a setting where men were forbidden entry to women's dorm rooms, and women were locked into those rooms after curfew. College life for women was governed by one simple, cardinal rule: Marry Before Graduation or Be Lost Forever. Any thirst for adventure was supposed to be satisfied by the occasional panty raid. Francie and friends, however, find all this hard to swallow, and they resist their appointed futures as elementary school teachers and holders of the precious "MRS" degree. Doing the unthinkable, the three move off campus to live in a house with three men-Liz's boyfriend and two handsome, mysterious Southern twins who fix foreign cars in a shop off campus. There the young women's rebellion against expectations deepens, and they begin the real-world education of pursuing their dreams. Francie yearns to be a writer, and is encouraged by her Russian literature professor. Then she meets Joshua, a talented and dedicated piano student, who presents the ultimate challenge: does she maintain her "virtue," or give in to her sexual desires, finally breaking fully free of repressive "respectability"? Glimmering Girls follows Francie, Liz, and Amanda through this and other discoveries and adventures. Ultimately, each finds a way to live fully at a time when their entire culture seemed arrayed against them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299210601
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 02/24/2005
Series: Library of American Fiction Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Merrill Joan Gerber teaches fiction writing at the California Institute of Technology. Her many novels, short-story collections, and non-fiction works include Botticelli Blue Skies, and the prize-winning King of the World and Kingdom of Brooklyn. Her most recent books are Gut Feelings: A Writer's Truths and Minute Inventions and This Is A Voice From Your Past: New and Selected Stories.

Table of Contents

1Hall Meeting, University of Florida, 19593
2Teachers of Life13
3The Land of Love20
4Grease Monkeys27
5Party Kitchen38
7Panty Raid52
10Letter Home (1)74
11Playing House80
12By Firelight91
14Every Pot Has a Cover105
15Music of the Spheres113
16Letter Home (2)125
17The Bench133
18La Boheme142
21Peachtree Lake166
23The Other World186
24The Hazel Wood193
25Cross Creek199
27Phi Beta Kappa215
28"You Women Have a Habit..."219
29New York, New York224
31There's No Stopping Me Now239
32Land of Hope and Glory244

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