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All This Heavenly Glory

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Author's Note

I grew up in Manhattan on the Upper West Side in something of a musical family; my mother was an opera singer, my father is a musicologist, my stepdad manages classical musicians. (My stepmom, with a background in school psychology, is a Mediator and Mediation Trainer. But she can carry a tune too.) My own career as an opera singer (in the children's chorus at New York City Opera) was cut short by a massive case of stage fright before I hit fifth grade; it may or may not be coincidental that I'd taken up writing by this point, after having read Harriet the Spy (admittedly, at this point, a cliché, but it's true) when I was eight. In fifth grade they held a contest at school to write a caption for a photo of two pigs kissing — "I've just met a girl named Maria!" won me ten dollars, which I still consider to be the beginning of my current career. (No need to point out how many decades passed before I would be financially compensated again for my literary achievements.) Fast forward X number of decades and X number of career missteps to a level of dissatisfaction significant enough to compel me to take a shot at some kind of actual career from my childhood passion. (Okay, I taught for a number of years, and that was fun, but I was unsurprisingly overworked and underpaid, and also trying to write in my spare time, which was somewhat nonexistent.)

Some of my favorite web sites are McSweeneys, Free Will Astrology (check it out — I know nothing about astrology, but it's called Free Will for a reason, and the guy who writes them is very funny, but guaranteed they will freak you out), FreeTranslation.com (when you're bored, type a passage into any language, get the translation, and then translate it back — guaranteed humor value. Found magazine (a site of found notes, lists, etc. that have a weirdly literary/arty feel), eBay (because you can never have too many Little Kiddles).

Favorite childhood books: The Bad Child's Book of Beasts, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear, The Phantom Tollbooth. Now: anything by George Saunders, Ken Kalfus, David Foster Wallace, Rick Moody, Aimee Bender, Lydia Davis, Lorrie Moore. Recent favorite books include The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter, and Dear Mr. President by Gabe Hudson.

Product Details

Back Bay Books
New York
Crane, Elizabeth
Stories (single author)
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no 94
Publication Date:
8.60x5.52x.88 in. .76 lbs.

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All This Heavenly Glory
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Product details 256 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316000895 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Crane has written that excruciatingly great book that begs you to inhale it in one sitting while at the same time trying to savor every knockout sentence. A"
"Review" by , "Elizabeth Crane writes like a house on fire! The glorious leaping-and-bounding invention of crane's prose blazes through every episode of Charlotte Anne's life with ferocious, infectious, blow-the-fog-out-of-your-brain energy, the kind of real, vital connection that Charlotte Anne craves so ardently and fumblingly for so long is exactly the kind of connection that Elizabeth Crane makes with her readers on the very first page. It all just hits so close — I'd burst out laughing, and then just keep laughing, at Charlotte Anne, at myself, at the world. Elizabeth Crane is like the best of Lorrie Moore, Elizabeth McCracken, Matt Klam and Anthony Lane rolled into one, with David-Foster-Wallace-rivaling, ever-meandering, ever-digressing, ever-illuminating, never-ending sentences that you keep falling so in love with you don't care if they never do end! (which is precisely how you will begin to think and talk upon reading ALL THIS HEAVENLY GLORY, which, by the way, is a wonderful title). Which is all to say, really, that I'd like to be best friends with anyone who feels as understood by this book as I do, but I have a feeling that's going to be more friends than any human being could reasonable manage."
"Review" by , "All This Heavenly Glory is a diabolically addictive book whose mind-altering prose, a seamless blend of precision and playfulness, somehow manages to invoke both heartbreak and hilarity, all at the same time. Crane's indefatigable heroine, Charlotte Anne Byers, comes to us in alternating episodes, first as a seventies wise-child disfigured by decency and later as a wizened young woman so determined to claw through the wall of postmodern irony that she takes us all, blinking with bewilderment, into some new and uncharted territory beyond. A stupendous achievement."
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