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Gillian Wigmore, Glory

Love and violence: I don't care what small town you're from, love and violence is the scales from which you and your beliefs are suspended. Fight me.

Or maybe we're all suspended on chains of love and violence, wherever we are or are from, but it's Gillian Wigmore's jagged, piercing novella Glory that's brought it home to me, through her fictionalized depiction of Fort St. James, BC, and so tonight I'll fight anyone who says it's not the truth about small towns.

To be clear, Glory is a story about women, three women in particular who each make this book peculiarly hers. A lesser writer would have given each her own novel, and each one could fill her own volume without much help from the others, but in Wigmore's hands we don't need those extra pages and volumes. More than that, a great novella is a work of alchemy, and that's what we're treated to in Glory.

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