PRAISE FOR GLORY DAYS
"A woman of substance as well as girth, this big-hearted earth mother
knocks us off our pins in Rosie Scott's Glory Days... all this in an
introspective voice that's rich in poetry and raw with anguish.
Although she's more successful than her heroine at binding up society's
wounded, Ms Scott shares Glory's triumph at depicting 'point-blank the
pity of violence' and moving the reader to share her feelings of
Marilyn Stasio NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF BOOKS
"Dazzling, sordid first novel .. whose poetic grittiness makes this
tale of Auckland's fringe people a stand-out... This unconventional
riveting heroine (along with her brash, squalid tastes and friends) is
unforgettable... The characterisations, the sheer energy and driving
imagination makes this a potent read."
KIRKUS REVIEWS, NEW YORK
"Even with all the
wackiness and action, a truly poignant and enthralling story is told.
At times startling in its eloquence, as Glory's thoughts project amid
the rough language of lowlife Auckland, this novel will inspire readers
to cheer on its plucky heroine."
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY NEW YORK
"Glory Days is like no other book I've ever read."
Rosie Scott's novel Glory
Days is available in Australia but hasn't been much reviewed. It should
be mandatory reading for anybody who thinks that New Zealand is like
Australia but cleaner and duller and more innocent. Glory Days is the
name of the books narrator, and she is a lusty large character who
could well become a classic."
Marion Halligan CANBERRA TIMES
"The language is wild
with New Zealand street slang, and eloquent in its description and
defence of the poorest and least considered of society. This personal
vivid mystery is one of the most exciting I've read in years."
Elvie Mandel, DIVERSITY (Vancouver)
"Hold on to your seats
when you read Glory Days, author Rosie Scott has written a tour de
force centring around a woman who may be the most magnificent hero yet
created in 'women's movement' fiction."
MAMA BEARS, CALIFORNIA
"...The depiction of her
daughter may be the best fictional portrait extant of a developmentally
disabled child... a novel of exceptional energy and charge, Glory Days
gets my highest recommendation."
GAY COMMUNITY NEWS BOSTON
"Scott targets Establishment hypocrisy throughout the novel in wonderfully comic scenes..."
WRITERS NORTHWEST (CANADA)
"Move over George Plumb,
Kerewin Holmes. Make room - a lot of room - for Glory Days, artist,
singer, mother, whale of blubber. New Zealand fiction has spawned
another unforgettable character who steps out of the prose that creates
her, alive. Glory Days is a rich virtuoso first novel... It penetrates
where no local fiction has successfully gone before, into the foetid,
fertile detritus of city life... But the measure of Glory Days is
greater than the sum of its characters. Scott weaves a pattern of
events and relationships that are charged with ecstasy, hope, paranoia
fear, "the mud and slime of it all." In the process she not only stirs
the imagination vigorously, she also touches the
heart. This is the most successfully
original novel I have read since The Bone People."
Michael King METRO MAGAZINE
"There's a tremendous
energy in this book, which is a sprawling Rabelaisian sort of thing, a
celebration of the tawdry delights of inner-city lowlife. She has
contributed an impressive addition to the literary pantheon of wayward
girls and wicked women. Recommended to everyone but especially bored
English students, arts-dealers and those from the wrong side of the
John Cranna NEW ZEALAND LISTENER
"This is an extraordinary
book. As a first novel it is as amazing in its way as The Bone People
was... I hail this book as a great New Zealand novel."
Kirsty Cochrane NEW ZEALAND SUNDAY TIMES
"More than an exotic
thriller, a wild lustrous painting of life at the lowest edge of New
Zealand society. Thriller created from/with a mixture of Art,
sub-culture - society and organised gangs. Told beautifully and very
Bucherbrief Bataye KOLLERFORNIA, COLOGNE, GERMANY
"The really gripping
thing is the credible and realistic description of the characters, in
particular the main character Glory Day and the easy humorous narrative
style. Rosie Scott manages to portray this lioness of a woman as almost
palpable for the reader. It is hard to believe that this woman is not
for real. You don't want to believe it either."
Oda WEIBER AND WEIBER QUARTERLY MAGAZINE
"Rosie Scott is one of
the finest writers working in this country (though like Jane Campion
she's a New Zealander.) She's wise, witty, sharply observant, truthful
Susan Geason THE SYDNEY SUN HERALD
"Once in, the reader is
drawn by the power of Scott's writing into the lives of the characters.
With Scott as a compassionate but never patronising guide we come to
care deeply about these people."
Miriam Cosic SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
"Rosie Scott is shaping
up into one of our better writers and gathering more and more solid
reader support with each publication... Once again, New Zealand's loss
is Australia's gain. It is a most assured and mature first novel with
Rosie Scott's distinctive voice already discernible. It is a clever
voice and a reflective one. The novel is part-thriller with Glory
caught up in some drug murders. This aspect of the work, while a
page-turner is not the 'point' of Scott's novel. Instead, she is
opening up a world, and the humanity of Glory Days."
Robin Lucas BRISBANE REVIEW
"It would be difficult to
find a better first novel than this. Glory Days is a gorgeously written
story full of surprise, humanity and humour... a singing literary
talent. It rushes past with an almost musical adrenalin: dialogue given
an almost musical dimension as the wonderfully created characters come
to us through Glory's compelling introspection. Her disorderly
surroundings, her disdain for convention, her exuberant appetites
create the fullest picture of the artist I have read since Gulley
Jimson in The Horse's Mouth... It's a wonderful book."
Joanna Murray-Smith, THE AUSTRALIAN
Day is magnificient –fearless, original with a heart to match her
outsize body. Revelling in the energy and grime of the city
underclass, she is driven by the demands of her art and her honest
humanity, her life a highly charged mix of horror, hope and gutsy
bravado. This is a riveting first novel of love and
obsession from the acclaimed author of Nights with Grace, Lives on Fire, Feral City, Movie Dreams and Faith Singer
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