Glory Goes and Gets Some by Emily Carter

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How is a woman in her thirties, HIV-positive and fresh out of rehab, supposed to find love and work in contemporary, urban America, steering clear of self-pity and doctrinaire "happy-talk"? This linked short story collection shows how Glory goes and gets some.

Emily Carter's debut traces Glory‚s stay in Minnesota’s recovery community, from halfway houses in blighted urban neighborhoods to well-funded treatment centers in bucolic pastures. From her addictions to heroin and alcohol in New York through her unlikely, tenuous, yet rewarding alliances with the full range of treatment mavens in the midwest, Glory gives us an uncensored and irreverent account of her experiences in twelve-step recovery˜a process that, for all its faults, ultimately works for her. „That first six months, there were an awful lot of people I met who talked the talk, all the time. Their faces seemed to glow, and they’d go on about so-and-so "getting it, getting the program," having that much-touted aura of serenity about them. It was my experience that such persons usually relapsed and stole their roommate’s stereo equipment, or charged five thousand dollars worth of lingerie at Neiman Marcus.

Glory Goes and Gets Some is a streetwise and sardonic look at sex, HIV, addiction, and recovery.

Emily Carter's work has received many awards and fellowships, including the Loft/McKnight Award, a Bush Grant, and a National Magazine Award. Her writing has appeared in Story Magazine, Gathering of the Tribes, Between C & D, Artforum, Open City, Great River Review, and Poz Magazine, for which she was the cover subject of the 1998 summer fiction issue. Glory Goes and Gets Some features stories that were originally published in The New Yorker, and the title story was selected by Garrison Keillor for Best American Short Stories 1997. Emily Carter lives in Minneapolis.

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Emily Carter's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Story Magazine, and Ruminator Review, among others. The title story in Glory Goes and Gets Some was selected by Garrison Keillor for The Best American Short Stories 1998. She Lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Published September 1, 2000 by Coffee House Press. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the book's centerpiece, “The Bride,” a telescoped memoir of searching unhappiness, Glory’s mother, a swooning feminist, teaches her to look to men for definition, and Glory comes to see herself as the Bride of Frankenstein, fit only for the monstrous, misunderstood outcast, until a recovery ep...

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NEAR THE END OF Glory Goes and Gets Some, a collection of intertwined short stories by Emily Carter, the narrator admonishes the reader, "never assume the painful part is over."

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In "W-L-U-V," Glory describes how she invented her own radio station called W-L-U-V as a girl, and how she understands the impulse of those who call in to the late night program she listens to called "Night Talk": You work the night shift, or ...

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