A sheltered church girl. A quiet, secret rebellion. Can she become the person she wants to be?
In 1983 Chicago, Glory Bishop yearns to be normal. Under the strict thumb of her abusive and zealous mother, the anxious teenager finds relief in stolen moments and kisses with her boyfriend. But when she provides him an alibi against another girl’s disturbing accusation, she catches the eye of the preacher’s son – the twenty-seven-year-old youth minister.
After her beloved joins the Navy with no further contact, the heartbroken high schooler reluctantly obeys her mom and tolerates the unwanted attention of the arrogant man eleven years her senior. But when she’s saved by her suitor from a brutal attack, she gives in to his courtship… even though she discovers his oppressive need for control.
Can she rescue herself from a life she doesn’t want?
Glory Bishop is the poignant first book in the Glory Bishop women’s literary fiction series. If you like resilient heroines, dramatic themes, and overcoming obstacles, then you’ll love Deborah L. King’s page-turning novel.
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“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?