Glory Goes and Gets Some Stories

Emily Carter




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240 Pages



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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? Emily Carter's critically acclaimed debut traces Glory's journey from her addictions to heroin and alcohol in New York to her rebirth in Minnesota's recovery community. Glory Goes and Gets Some is a streetwise and sardonic look at sex, HIV, addiction, and renewal.


Praise for Glory Goes and Gets Some

"Breathtaking . . . Emily Carter's account of alienation and tentative recovery is a marvel of humor and self-awareness."—Bart Schneider, Newsday

"Original and offbeat . . . this gentle novel is studded with examples of Glory's lush vision."—John Perry, San Francisco Chronicle

"[Glory] relates even her lowest moments with lucidity and comic panache . . . Carter's voice is welcome, and one can only hope that she will speak up again sometime soon."—Jodi Kantor, The New York Times Book Review

"Like The Red Badge of Courage, Glory Goes and Gets Some is wonderfully terrifying in its depiction of aloneness. And like Crane, Emily Carter is a young writer of staggering intelligence and compassion." —Don Hymans, Boston Review

"In Carter's fictional world, characters strive to be well, to understand their broken pasts with edgy honesty. Glory B.'s ability to see this world in all its pain and beauty, and to want to keep on being in it, becomes a transcendent expression of human yearning."—Alison McGhee, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"In stories that range from a loving meditation on Minneapolis to her need for male attention and her days as a bad-girl teenager, Glory tells it like it is."—Mary Ann Grossman, St. Paul Pioneer Press

"Carter weds droll to self-aware to smart-aleck, creating in the voice her character Glory B. a kind of synthesis of William Burroughs and Fran Lebowitz."—Frances Phillips, Ruminator Review

"Intense, edgy, boldly candid . . . [Carter's] prose is everywhere supple and compelling, and this collection announces her as a brave new talent."—Publishers Weekly

"[Carter] writes in a wholly original voice that is equally irreverent, moving, sardonic, and sad."—Library Journal

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  • Emily Carter

  • Emily Carter's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Story Magazine, and Ruminator Review, among others. She has received a Bush Grant, a Loft/McKnight Award, and a National Magazine Award. The title story in Glory Goes and Gets Some was selected by Garrison Keillor for The Best American Short Stories. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.