In a boom town dominated by a man-eating lake, Renee and Danny Chance start a new life in his grandfather's cabin. Renee struggles to keep her head above water until she is drawn into the orbit of two beautifully notorious bar-singer cousins, and all three women are called to test the bonds of blood and loyalty. A polyphonic fable riddled with tall tales, Glory explores what it means to be a woman in north-central BC by flooding the shores of the human heart.
"Gillian Wigmore's women make hard choices, but she never shies away from the hurt, writing with a one-two punch of empathy and fierceness that lead the reader careening through a roller-coaster wilderness that is both geographic and emotional. With Glory, Wigmore has written a novel shaped by yearning: part punk rock, part old-time country ballad, it is as much a love song to the landscape of Northern British Columbia as it is to the people who live there." -- Elisabeth de Mariaffi"When faced with a choice between a life as a mother, where all the tomorrows look just like yesterday, Renee chooses her new friend Glory, plunging the reader into a twisting journey of love and survival. Sensitive, taut, and observant, each voice in Wigmore's complex tapestry brings this small town brilliantly to life." -- Eden Robinson"You don't need to know Sheila Watson's The Double Hook to admire Gillian Wigmore's novel, Glory, but it's fascinating to note how thoroughly and distinctively - realism embracing myth - she probes the doubleness that drives her forebear's book. 'You can't catch the glory on a hook and hold onto it,' says Watson. 'When you fish for the glory you catch the darkness too.' As you'd expect from a poet so accomplished as Gillian Wigmore, Glory is beautifully written, but it's not every poet who knows how to shape a compelling story. Told through several core characters supported by a chorus of community members, each with a clear and distinct voice, Glory draws heat from a dynamic, primeval wildness in both nature and humanity that can barely be grasped, as it is grasped here, by art." -- Stan Dragland