On an early Sunday morning a reporter called to ask me questions about women with AIDS. Don’t waste your time with me, I told her, I’m nothing more in the scheme of things than a rather charming statistical anomaly. Meaning?Read more.
Glory Goes and Gets Some
These stories follow our heroine Glory from a privileged but horrible Upper East Side childhood to the East Village and heroin addiction to rehab in Minnesota and HIV diagnosis. In Minneapolis, Glory discovers the boring-slash-transcendent everyday life that’s her reward for surviving being herself long enough to make it to adulthood. Based on that description you might not think this book is going to be very funny, but this book is hilarious.
I don’t mean “wry” or “witty,” I mean it will make you involuntarily guffaw in many separate instances. Addiction and recovery has its own section in the bookstore, I know, but suspend your jadedness. Carter’s idiosyncratic voice and natural storyteller’s instincts make her take on these topics unique. You will be surprised at how many more-famous books seem like a pale imitation of this one.