Glory Days

Glory Days[PDF / Epub] ★ Glory Days Author Melissa Fraterrigo – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Finalist for Literary Fiction, Foreword Reviews Best Fiction Books of by Chicago Review of Books One of Books You Should Read This September by Chicago Review of Books The small plains town of Ingl Finalist for Literary Fiction, Foreword Reviews Best Fiction books ofby Chicago Review of books One ofbooks You Should read This September by Chicago Review of books The small plains town of Ingleside, Nebraska, is populated by down on their luck ranchers and new money, ghosts and seers, drugs and greed, the haves and the have nots Lives ripple through each other to surprising effect, though the connections fluctuate between divisive gulfs and the most intimate closeness At the center of this novel is the story of Teensy and his daughter, Luann, who face the loss of their land even as they mourn the death of Luann s mother On the other end of the spectrum, some townspeople find enormous wealth when developers begin buying up acreages When Glory Days an amusement park is erected, past and present collide, the attachment to the land is fully severed, and the invading culture ushers in even darker times In Glory Days Melissa Fraterrigo combines gritty realism with magical elements to paint an arrestingly stark portrait of the painful transitions of twenty first century, small town America She interweaves a slate of gripping characters to reveal deeper truths about our times and how the new landscape of one culture can be the ruin of anotherRead the author s discussion guide Purchase the audio edition. Much too gritty for me. Unrated Thirty percent in and I have no clue what is going on and can t find the patience to figure it out Segmented writing, very frustrated. A solid 3.5 stars.A very honest and real book The writing style of Glory Days is described in its synopsis as gritty realism, and I could not think of aperfect description Fraterrigo does a fantastic job exposing the seamy underside of the places in America that have undergone drastic change from antiquated and comfortable to modern and unfamiliar and have emerged battered, broken, and looking nothing like they once did The same goes for the people who inhabit these places either t A solid 3.5 stars.A very honest and real book The writing style of Glory Days is described in its synopsis as gritty realism, and I could not think of aperfect description Fraterrigo does a fantastic job exposing the seamy underside of the places in America that have undergone drastic change from antiquated and comfortable to modern and unfamiliar and have emerged battered, broken, and looking nothing like they once did The same goes for the people who inhabit these places either they have accepted the changes and work with them, like Teensy did, or they have fought against the inevitable metamorphosis of their hometown and are bitter, greedy, and spiteful, like Luann was.Much of the theme of this book, in my opinion, revolves around self entitlement, and this further plays into the book s grittiness Many of the characters let bitterness accompany the modernity that swept across Ingleside, and as a result, it transformed them into people who grew accustomed to taking what they wanted without considering others although, in their defense, I suppose, they felt their actions were justified due to the fact that their once familiar way of life was taken from them by the money hungry real estate developers who came in and bought up most of Ingleside s fertile farmland There were definitely characters in Glory Days who werebroken and selfish Footer and Luann than the rest, while others had good intentions at heart, even if they sometimes made the wrong choices, particularly when it came to raising their children Fredonia and Teensy And that s another major theme of the book parenthood, all the ways parenting can go wrong, and the often devastating and lasting effects that poor parenting choices can have on the next generation.Although the book had its fair share of darkness, there were parts that wereuplifting view spoiler Fredonia s selfless, fatal sacrifice during the fire at Glory Days and Luann s son seeking answers to his past and finding Teensy instead of his long lost mother hide spoiler But for me, the brilliance behind the book was that it could be argued that the so called uplifting parts were not much better than the darker parts view spoiler Fredonia s sacrifice was not that selfless after all she wanted to die, and at one point she even sat down amidst the raging fire and prayed for the flames to engulf her because she hated what her life had become And, in my opinion, Teensy was hopeful that Luann s son would stay and be his second chance at parenting and doing it right this time, a feeling that Fredonia had experienced about Billy hide spoiler.Themes aside, I enjoyed the fact that the book revolved around the amusement park Glory Days an idea that, thankfully, has not yet been done to death in books and that the park was what shaped many of the people of Ingleside, for better or for worse In the end, Glory Days is a book that highlights the flawed nature of humans and the choices they make in order to survive their circumstances and surroundings Note This ARC was kindly provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review Man, this is good If you like Denis Johnson, Larry Brown, or Donald Ray Pollock, this book is for you If you think stories are at their strongest not when they make you fall in love, but when they break your heart, this book is for you Dark, beautiful, and haunting a powerful read. Glory Days is beautifully written and emotionally brutal Be ready for darkness A short novel told in stories, from different characters points of view, this book has images that will stay with you for a long time The language is gorgeous The characters are linked by geography and circumstance While there are very dark moments, Glory Days ends on a lovely note. A tender and tragic portrayal of small town life, filled with beautifully flawed characters whose voices are unforgettable From this fascinating cast, we hear about the economic trials of farming, the realities of poverty, the solace of land From calving season to an amusement park, this novel takes us on a journey that s told with generosity of spirit and a true tenderness for the land. So full disclaimer I received this as a Goodreads Free Giveaway so here is my honest review I loved the emotion and the background of the characters Honestly my biggest and only gripe is I was confused when the story kept going from past to present without notice because it was hard to keep track of where things happened until the end. What did I think of the book, Goodreads asks I think it s much too gritty for me I kept trying to find a single character with redeeming qualities, or something that would help me understand why the author was compelled to tell this story, and I just couldn t come up with anything Way too much cruelty, sexual assault and ghosts for me to even tolerate, much less enjoy.I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I m sorry I had to be so honest with this one. Glory Days by Melissa Fraterrigo is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early September.In a show of extremely salt of the earth, rural small town, independent film script worthy storytelling, Fraterrigo writes about Luann, who stubbornly refuses to move away from the place where she last saw her father, Teensy, and continues to work at the local carnival, Glory Days, despite the harassing and bullying relationship with her boyfriend, Footer. I loved this dark tale and I can t wait for the author to visit our library s book club in August

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    Glory Days PDF/EPUB ¼ Paperback guide Purchase the audio edition. Much too gritty for me. Unrated Thirty percent in and I have no clue what is going on and can t find the patience to figure it out Segmented writing, very frustrated. A solid 3.5 stars.A very honest and real book The writing style of Glory Days is described in its synopsis as gritty realism, and I could not think of aperfect description Fraterrigo does a fantastic job exposing the seamy underside of the places in America that have undergone drastic change from antiquated and comfortable to modern and unfamiliar and have emerged battered, broken, and looking nothing like they once did The same goes for the people who inhabit these places either t A solid 3.5 stars.A very honest and real book The writing style of Glory Days is described in its synopsis as gritty realism, and I could not think of aperfect description Fraterrigo does a fantastic job exposing the seamy underside of the places in America that have undergone drastic change from antiquated and comfortable to modern and unfamiliar and have emerged battered, broken, and looking nothing like they once did The same goes for the people who inhabit these places either they have accepted the changes and work with them, like Teensy did, or they have fought against the inevitable metamorphosis of their hometown and are bitter, greedy, and spiteful, like Luann was.Much of the theme of this book, in my opinion, revolves around self entitlement, and this further plays into the book s grittiness Many of the characters let bitterness accompany the modernity that swept across Ingleside, and as a result, it transformed them into people who grew accustomed to taking what they wanted without considering others although, in their defense, I suppose, they felt their actions were justified due to the fact that their once familiar way of life was taken from them by the money hungry real estate developers who came in and bought up most of Ingleside s fertile farmland There were definitely characters in Glory Days who werebroken and selfish Footer and Luann than the rest, while others had good intentions at heart, even if they sometimes made the wrong choices, particularly when it came to raising their children Fredonia and Teensy And that s another major theme of the book parenthood, all the ways parenting can go wrong, and the often devastating and lasting effects that poor parenting choices can have on the next generation.Although the book had its fair share of darkness, there were parts that wereuplifting view spoiler Fredonia s selfless, fatal sacrifice during the fire at Glory Days and Luann s son seeking answers to his past and finding Teensy instead of his long lost mother hide spoiler But for me, the brilliance behind the book was that it could be argued that the so called uplifting parts were not much better than the darker parts view spoiler Fredonia s sacrifice was not that selfless after all she wanted to die, and at one point she even sat down amidst the raging fire and prayed for the flames to engulf her because she hated what her life had become And, in my opinion, Teensy was hopeful that Luann s son would stay and be his second chance at parenting and doing it right this time, a feeling that Fredonia had experienced about Billy hide spoiler.Themes aside, I enjoyed the fact that the book revolved around the amusement park Glory Days an idea that, thankfully, has not yet been done to death in books and that the park was what shaped many of the people of Ingleside, for better or for worse In the end, Glory Days is a book that highlights the flawed nature of humans and the choices they make in order to survive their circumstances and surroundings Note This ARC was kindly provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review Man, this is good If you like Denis Johnson, Larry Brown, or Donald Ray Pollock, this book is for you If you think stories are at their strongest not when they make you fall in love, but when they break your heart, this book is for you Dark, beautiful, and haunting a powerful read. Glory Days is beautifully written and emotionally brutal Be ready for darkness A short novel told in stories, from different characters points of view, this book has images that will stay with you for a long time The language is gorgeous The characters are linked by geography and circumstance While there are very dark moments, Glory Days ends on a lovely note. A tender and tragic portrayal of small town life, filled with beautifully flawed characters whose voices are unforgettable From this fascinating cast, we hear about the economic trials of farming, the realities of poverty, the solace of land From calving season to an amusement park, this novel takes us on a journey that s told with generosity of spirit and a true tenderness for the land. So full disclaimer I received this as a Goodreads Free Giveaway so here is my honest review I loved the emotion and the background of the characters Honestly my biggest and only gripe is I was confused when the story kept going from past to present without notice because it was hard to keep track of where things happened until the end. What did I think of the book, Goodreads asks I think it s much too gritty for me I kept trying to find a single character with redeeming qualities, or something that would help me understand why the author was compelled to tell this story, and I just couldn t come up with anything Way too much cruelty, sexual assault and ghosts for me to even tolerate, much less enjoy.I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I m sorry I had to be so honest with this one. Glory Days by Melissa Fraterrigo is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early September.In a show of extremely salt of the earth, rural small town, independent film script worthy storytelling, Fraterrigo writes about Luann, who stubbornly refuses to move away from the place where she last saw her father, Teensy, and continues to work at the local carnival, Glory Days, despite the harassing and bullying relationship with her boyfriend, Footer. I loved this dark tale and I can t wait for the author to visit our library s book club in August "/>
  • Paperback
  • 180 pages
  • Glory Days
  • Melissa Fraterrigo
  • 21 July 2019
  • 1496201329