All This Heavenly Glory: Stories

All This Heavenly Glory: Stories

Elizabeth Crane / Jun 01, 2020

All This Heavenly Glory Stories Elizabeth Crane s debut When the Messenger Is Hot LB was a sensation adored by critics all over the country it marked the beginning of what will surely be an esteemed career Intelligent cont

  • Title: All This Heavenly Glory: Stories
  • Author: Elizabeth Crane
  • ISBN: 9780316000895
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Elizabeth Crane s debut, When the Messenger Is Hot LB, 2003 , was a sensation adored by critics all over the country, it marked the beginning of what will surely be an esteemed career Intelligent contemporary women s fiction I Don t Know How She Does It and Three Junes is stronger than ever.

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      • Elizabeth Crane

        Elizabeth Crane is the author of three collections of short stories When the Messenger Is Hot and All This Heavenly Glory Little, Brown and You Must Be This Happy to Enter Akashic Books Her work has been featured in Other Voices, Mississippi Review, Bridge, the Chicago Reader, the Believer, and several anthologies including McSweeney s Future Dictionary of America, The Best Underground Fiction, Loser, Altared, and The Show I ll Never Forget She is a regular contributor to Writer s Block Party on WBEZ Chicago In 2003 she received the Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award She currently teaches creative writing and lives in Chicago with her husband and their dog.


    1. Ugh. I loved Crane's weird book of short stories, but this thing. Jeez. I kept forcing myself to read it, but still only made it halfway through before remembering that life is too short for bad books. The book starts promisingly, with a ten-page, one-sentence personal ad for the protagonist. The ad is blissfully crazy, with lots of asides and explanations and insights about the character and life in general. I figured I was in for a fun ride. But no. Charlotte Anne is just dull and ordinary, an [...]

    2. Elizabeth Crane as a short-story writer is great. Elizabeth Crane as a novelist is a big old mess. I knew we were off to a bad start when the first chapter read like something I would have written for a creative writing class in college. "All This Heavenly Glory" seemed ostensibly like something I would relate to, but I just couldn't get over how awkward and rambling and self-conscious it was (I know, you are probably all thinking that it sounds EXACTLY like something I should have related to). [...]

    3. These stories are more tightly coupled than those in When The Messenger is Hot -- in fact, Glory might even be a novel. Each story/chapter deals with the life of Charlotte Anne Byers, who is probably mostly Elizabeth Crane: New Yorker, transplanted to Chicago, former alcoholic, divorced parents, opera singer mother who dies of cancer, hapless in matters of romance These are also the characteristics shared by the protagonist(s) in When the Messenger. This time, the writing style is even more con [...]

    4. Longest sentences in current fiction (the quote I give you below is not representative of the whole). Henry James would be intrigued. They leave you breathless. This time, all the stories about the same heroine, but jumping around in time/place/etc. Very relevant to a 30-something female, you feel like Crane's been listening to your inner thoughts: Why did career have to imply only one thing? Why did goals seem to imply an end? What happens if you meet all your goals? Do you like, shoot off into [...]

    5. This book did not go over well with my book club. I think I was the only one who actually read the whole thing. I surmise that the style of writing and lack of an obvious plot line was frustrating for the other clubbers. I also found myself having to stop and take a breath while I was reading many of the passages. It was an exhausting read for me due to Ms. Crane's writing style and copious use of semi-colons, parentheses, and brackets, but I found that I identified with Charlotte in several way [...]

    6. For some reason, I thought this was a book of short stories so it wasn't until the third story that I realized it was a novel of chapters taken out of sequence (from the character aging young to old). It's best to read this quickly because of the back-and-forth stories to remember "oh, that was the girlfriend she was complaining about before, in the future" type of remembering. I think it would be very hard not to read this quickly because of Crane's writing style--very long run-on sentences. I [...]

    7. Charlotte Ann Byers was a real pistol. Never hesitating to give her opinion on a topic--and never staying on that topic for very long--was her forte. In All This Heavenly Glory, I traveled through her life from elementary school to mid-40s, always with a sharp tongue and humor in tow. I enjoyed reading Charlotte's outlook on relationships, careers and life; but, ultimately, the book felt like a giant run-on sentence for me. No real structure, and no real point. Perhaps she did grow as a person a [...]

    8. She's a good writer and it's funny if you haven't read her other stuff. Otherwise, you have to wonder if she ever tires of writing about herself. She has a "voice" but why must it always be the same character? Neurotic, attractive, artsy girl crippled by self-doubt and bad decision-making wends her way through a series of bad boyfriends to ultimately find some sort of confidence in herself. Not only do her protagonists have the same biographical details but the same personality, the same ramblin [...]

    9. Hard to pinpoint exactly why I liked this book so much -- maybe partly because it was a break from all the heavy, heavy stuff I've been reading recently, and this didn't take itself seriously, and it was one of the first "funny" books I've read recently that truly was funny. Sometimes laugh-out-loud-on-the-bus funny.Charlotte is a really recognizable character, and she is written self-consciously in these interconnected stories. But there was just something fresh and wonderful about her voice, a [...]

    10. I really enjoyed this book. For the most part I loved Elizabeth Cranes writing & the run on sentances! Very conversational. I think that many girls/women will be able to relate. I relted to a lot of it. Sometimes the run on sentances became old . have to admit I skipped a few paragraphs that I thought weren't adding anything.I also have to admit that I loved her connection to Chicago. " someplace that might be home, someplace like let's just say Chicago, which has been haunting her like an o [...]

    11. I was given this book in June when I was preparing for a week-long vacationd I finally got around to reading it two weeks ago. That being said, I found this book to be worth the wait! It could probably fall in the 'chick lit' category, but I think it's chick lit with a brain. The main character is certainly easy to identify with, and the timeline of the book (alternating between past tense and present tense with each chapter) kept me very interested. I would recommend this book to any girl who w [...]

    12. You have to love Charlotte Anne Byers, or at least identify with her trials. Her life isn't pretty, and at times can feel a bit contrived, but I buy it all, because the narrator's voice is so convincing. I never use the term chick lit, even disparagingly, but if I could assign a book for any woman who is struggling with who she is and where she is going, All This Heavenly Glory would be it. I can't wait to read Crane's first collection, which is apparantly debuting on stage at Steppenwolf next m [...]

    13. Nope. Just No. There are times when I read a short story collection and I think, "This really wanted to be a novel, but the author couldn't quite figure out how to make it all hang together, so s/he punted and just said, 'Well, then Short Story Collection it is!" This book has the opposite feel: "I'm just going to throw a bunch of spaghetti at the wall and call it a Novel. Novels sell better than short story collections." Maybe her agent made her do it. If so, I wish she'd have put up more of [...]

    14. All This Heavenly Glory by Elizabeth Crane was a terrific book. Growing up in NY myself it brought back some memories of my life there too. Although Charlotte Ann Byers the main character had a very different upbringing, I felt that I could relate to her. Although, I am generally not a fan of short stories, this book kept my attention because it spanned over the main characters life from 6-40 years of age. A very entertaining read and highly recommended.

    15. At first the stream-of-consciousness style was a little difficult ot read, but midway through the first story (different episodes from the same character's life) I got into it. It's as if Charlotte Ann Byers is having a conversation with the reader. I loved her and really wanted her to "get it together"; she's a very real, funny and sympathetic character. I laughed, I cried (a little).

    16. All throughout the book, I thought I was only going to give it 2 stars, maybe 3 at best. It was okay, not terrible but not particularly great. But the ending, oh, the ending. The last chapter really resonated with me, I still think about it even though I read the book nearly 8 months ago. I rate the ending itself about a million stars.

    17. It took me awhile to get into the swing of this book, which is a bunch of different stories all about the same character, Charlotte Anne, who ranges from 9 to 40-something throughout the course of the book. Excellent writing, funny, quirky, hopeful -- I really enjoyed it and it made me want to read Crane's other book.

    18. I had a really hard time getting into this story because it is stream-of-conscience writing. The first chapter is one long thought and sentence, I almost put it down after that. But, I powered through and liked it by the time I got toward the middle. The character is quirky and honest and struggles. Who doesn't relate to that!?

    19. This was a tough one to get through. There were only a few of the stories that I really liked (fantastic stories) I read one of them several times because I loved it so much. She has a particular tone in her writing that halfway through the book started to bore me. On the other hand she is clever and her stories perspective unique. I am on the fence with this one.

    20. The journal of a classic over-thinker. I related so strongly -- I wondered if maybe I'd written it. Weird to hear someone talking so openly about the fellowship though. She and Augusten Burroughs should get together and spawn crazy, sick, brilliant babies.

    21. i don't knowybe i'm not deep enoughor hip enoughor maybe my life isn't as messed up as everyone elses (who would have thought that????) this book did NOTHING for mei'm amazed i finished iti kept thinking it would get better didn't.

    22. at first, i didn't think i would ever feel connected to this story simply because of elizabeth crane's writing style (run-on sentences, no dialogue, etc.), but then i started loving and identifying with charlotte, the main character.

    23. Possibly the worst book I've ever read. The writing style is annoying, the main character not likable, and the plot nonexistent. Reads like a too long text message. Only finished it because it was a book club selection! Our whole group really disliked this book.

    24. When I opened this, I thought it was short stories, but the stories ended up being more like not-so-continuous chapter. It was really quite enjoyable to read. I liked the main character a lot, especially as a child.

    25. Sometimes a little too absorbed with sounding like a confessional for the sake of pity, overall the book succeeds well and there are some good moments that are without affectation and whose power grows the more you consider them.

    26. Ehh I wanted to like it, as at times I found the main character highly relatable. But at the end of the day I just couldn't get past her writing style. Too repetitive, too many run-ons, and at times too hard to follow/incomprehensible.

    27. Although the content was initially promising I lost interest and didn't finish it. Her sentences were epic; too meaty for my taste.

    28. I need punctuation and paragraphs in the books I read. I could not handle a sentence going on for pages, so I didn't get very far in this book.

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