ON THE SOUTH SIDE of Chicago, Glory Bishop lives in pieces. At work and with her friends, she devours fiction, is bold and outspoken, and sneaks away to enjoy slow dances and stolen kisses with her secret boyfriend, JT. But at home, Glory follows strict rules and second-guesses every step. Though she dreams of going to college and living like a normal teenage girl, her abusive mother has other ideas.
When JT leaves to join the navy, Glory is left alone and heartsick. When the preacher’s son, Malcolm Porter, begins to shower her with lavish gifts, her mother pushes Glory to accept his advances and Glory is torn between waiting for true love with JT or giving in to the overzealous Malcolm.
When a stranger attacks Glory on the street, Malcolm steps in to rescue her, and her interest in him deepens. But the closer she gets to him, the more controlling he becomes. Glory must eventually decide whether to rely on others or to be her own savior.
“Deborah King has written a compelling, thought-provoking novel that engages readers and made me wish the story would never end.” —Chicago Writer’s Association Windy City Reviews
“If you enjoy complex characters, you’ll love this book. From a zealous and abusive mother to a free-spirited best friend much older than Glory, the cast is as engrossing as Glory herself. Deborah King maintains complete control of the narrative, manipulating perception of the characters even as their actions go in other directions. In some ways, you may even find yourself sympathizing with the violent boyfriend. Deborah King wields the pen in such a way as to grab you by the wrist and pull you along like you’re best friends. Glory Bishop is Chicago’s answer to Judy Blume!” —JORDAN EHMANN – Indies today
“Glory Bishop is an enthralling novel, sad, yet hopeful, written beautifully and masterfully in a way only a true storyteller can accomplish. The characters are complex, and unravelling their motivations, desires, strengths, and weaknesses, will keep readers thinking about this novel long after the last page.” —USA Today bestselling author Kelly Stone Gamble
Glory Bishop is timely and timeless. This book should be required reading for every woman who thinks she must be obedient to be loved. Glory is a protagonist who has a lot going against her, but Ms. King makes her strong, and it is a delight to see where that strength takes her.— Barbara Conrey USA Today Bestselling Author of Nowhere Near Goodbye
“From the powerful first scene of Glory Bishop to its emotional ending, I was all-in. Deborah L. King is a fresh and compelling voice in women’s fiction.”— Jennifer Klepper, USA Today bestselling author of Unbroken Threads
Book Club Discussion Questions
- Describe the relationship between Glory and her mother?
- What are the forces pulling on Glory? Given her circumstances and upbringing, are her responses reasonable?
- Are there any recurring themes in Glory Bishop.
- How would you describe Malcolm?
- Why is Malcolm infatuated with Glory?
- Why might JT have abandoned Glory?
- Why doesn’t Glory tell anybody about her life?
- How does Mary seem to view God? What about JT’s view…and Malcolm’s…and Glory’s?
- What is Glory needing that she seems to get from Malcolm and Mary?
- What, in your opinion, motivates Glory’s behavior?
- With her peers
- With her mother
- With Malcolm
- With JT
- With Herschel
- Explore the differences between Mary and her sisters.
- What kind of relationship might Malcolm have with his mother?
- Herschel encourages Glory to rebel. Glory calls him Wonder Woman. What do they each get out of their relationship? Who/what is Herschel for Glory?
- Malcolm is controlling. Why does Glory submit? Where, if anywhere, do you see the relationship going?
- Why does Mary seem to go against her own beliefs to satisfy Malcolm?
- In the end, who should Glory call? Why?