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Glitter Girl: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Erin Quinn O'Briant
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Deft and funny, Glitter Girl tells the charming story of two radically different sisters—one lesbian, one Christian—who struggle to remain close.

Beneath the sparkle, Glitter Girl casts a wickedly witty eye on the hypocrisies of right-wing Christians and secular progressives alike in a fast, fun, irresistible read.

Recommended with 5 stars: Glitter Girl is "an intriguing take on family and its conflicts."—Midwest Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 350 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984581308
  • Publisher: Lit Books (June 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UNLC10
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,365 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can They All Get Along? July 14, 2010
In this deft, funny, and charming novel, Erin O'Briant creates characters whose worlds have split apart and now collide. Angie and Gloria grow up comfortably as children of enlightened progressives (though their mother is something of a doctrinaire feminist). Replicating the larger social pattern of familial affection and division, the sisters, now independent young adults, disappoint their parents and, even more vigorously, alienate one another. Gloria, the "glitter girl," is smart, ambitious, self-confident--and lesbian. She lives in San Francisco. Angie, sweet-natured, thoughtful, a bit recessive--has been born again as a Christian. She lives in Atlanta. Each enjoys her own way of life and looks with dismay upon her sister's. The parents look askance at both.

O'Briant skillfully contrasts the lively, style-conscious gay community of San Francisco with the plain-living devotional congregation of fundamentalist Christians in Atlanta. Her command of detail as she recreates each absorbing social world provides one of the many pleasures of the book. She has a firm grasp, too, on the moral life of each place. In particular, by means of a well-made plot, O'Briant neatly exposes flaws in each community--and within each sister. When Gloria and Angie suffer serious disappointments in their lives, each begins to overcome her pride and self-righteousness. Gloria, especially, out of affection and awareness of her own failings, reaches out to heal the division between herself and her sister. A mediator, a revelation, and a wedding help. This is a comic novel, one in which defeat, and even humiliation, prepare the sisters (and their parents) to renew their affection for one another and to grow into a more mature appreciation of difference. Gloria's fall from golden girl to glitter girl is especially amusing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, love, love LOVED it! July 1, 2010
I loved this book! It wasn't quite what I was initially looking for, but was so much more instead. It is such a light, easy-to-read, enjoyable book, and yet the author cleverly tackles hurt,rejection, homophobia and prejudice, though with a novel twist to the norm, fragmented families, disappointment and failure - all very real issues. It challenges, inpsires and illuminates, all whilst entertaining and enthralling. Very clever girl is Ms O'Briant.
It is, quite simply, a wonderful book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was most disappointed when the final chapter ended. You will be too - read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars traffic stopper! July 14, 2010
I listened to Glitter Girl on audio on a long car drive but had been in a rush to get out of the house so I only downloaded half of the installments into my IPOD thinking that would be plenty. The book was so freakin good that when I ran out of installments, I pulled over onto the shoulder of the highway, took two bicycles off a complicated and old fashioned bike rack in order to open my trunk, got my lap top out and downloaded the rest of the installments in 100 degree heat because I did not want to have to wait until I got home to find out how it ended. What is the audio version lingo for an insane page turner? You will love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing take on family and its conflicts October 9, 2010
Two people from the same gene pool can be so different, yet the bonds of family may bring them back together yet. "Glitter Girl" tells the story of two sisters. One is a lesbian who is pushing herself as a model, the other is a right wing posterchild who wants nothing to do with the family. But you can't run away from family forever. "Glitter Girl" is an intriguing take on family and its conflicts.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it August 13, 2012
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No real depth to the characters or the story line. Read through it waiting for something to start but it never really did.
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Glitter Girl has a lot of great descriptions of struggles both sisters are going through. Gloria is trapped by her expectations of career and status in the world and Angie is trapped by the particular confines of a religious group she joins and the prejudices which she adopts. Events and their own personal growth enable both to overcome enough of those shackles to turn to new pages in their relationships with each other, their parents and the world at large. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Gloria and her friend who not only is the only one she can come clean about re: her real department store job but who also accompanies her to find her sister in Atlanta. There was an ease of friendship that rang true. Gloria's department store tribulations, her breakthrough there and embrace of her new status was nicely done as well. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An original, character-driven novel November 29, 2010
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As someone who reads mostly nonfiction, I have to find a novel really engaging if I'm going to finish it. Right away, I was captured by the story of two very different sisters in "Glitter Girl." I related very much to the universal human themes of family drama, religious differences, deception, heartbreak and healing. I loved that the story took place in San Francisco and Atlanta, because I moved from the Bay Area to the South myself and felt that the descriptions of both places rang true. This is a quick read that is hard to put down. I wanted to find out what happened to the characters, who became real to me within the first few pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The characters are still with me August 16, 2011
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These sweet, flawed characters have stayed with me for a long time since I read the book. I feel affection for each of them in their conflicts. The book has so much empathy and compassion for both the hip queer girl and her conservative Christian sister as they both try to find their way and connect to each other and themselves.
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Welcome to my Amazon Author Page.

I'm a San Francisco Bay Area writer, and I'm the author of the novel GLITTER GIRL and the guidebook BE A GREAT TUTOR: THE INSPIRING GUIDE TO TUTORING ALL AGES. I'm also webmaster of

When I'm not working on my next novel, I teach writing and literature at City College of San Francisco. I have an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and a BA in Religion from Emory University. I'm also a graduate student at Stanford University.

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Thanks for your interest in my work.



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