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Glory Days

Melissa Fraterrigo

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 09/2017
Pages: 176
Subject: Fiction
eBook ISBN: 9781496202994


2017 Finalist for Literary Fiction, Foreword Reviews Best Fiction Books of 2017 by Chicago Review of Books One of 19 Books You Should Read This September by Chicago Review of Books The small plains town of Ingleside, Nebraska, is populated by down-on-their-luck ranchers and new money, ghosts and seers, drugs and greed, the haves and the have-nots. Lives ripple through each other to surprising effect, though the connections fluctuate between divisive gulfs and the most intimate closeness. At the center of this novel is the story of Teensy and his daughter, Luann, who face the loss of their land even as they mourn the death of Luann's mother. On the other end of the spectrum, some townspeople find enormous wealth when developers begin buying up acreages. When Glory Days—an amusement park—is erected, past and present collide, the attachment to the land is fully severed, and the invading culture ushers in even darker times. In Glory Days Melissa Fraterrigo combines gritty realism with magical elements to paint an arrestingly stark portrait of the painful transitions of twenty-first-century, small-town America. She interweaves a slate of gripping characters to reveal deeper truths about our times and how the new landscape of one culture can be the ruin of another.Read the author's discussion guide.   Purchase the audio edition.


Melissa Fraterrigo is the founder and executive director of the Lafayette Writers' Studio in Lafayette, Indiana. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Longest Pregnancy. For more information about the author, visit


"Melissa Fraterrigo's novel strikes with the unexpected force of a summer tornado. . . . Characters worthy of a Flannery O'Connor story struggle and self-medicate to make sense of lives marked by loss, violence, and despair. These characters yearn for one another, across time, even across death, and they take comfort in the past and in one another, however fragile their connections."—Bonnie Jo Campbell, National Book Award finalist and author of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters

"Spinning through a series of unforgettable characters, each lured by a sense of freedom, violence, or the need to belong, these stories surprise us, echo with significance, and draw together to paint a complicated portrait of a place about to be lost."—Michelle Hoover, author of The Quickening and Bottomland

"Melissa Fraterrigo's people will brand an impression upon your soul. . . . She knows her land and its people, their struggles, conflicts, ways of survival and ruin, but most of all the roots to family, and wanting to escape that family. Her people are forever stained by their upbringing, memories, and consequences of choice. Melissa's stories are a powerful reminder of what it means to be human."—Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana