All This Heavenly Glory details the life of Charlotte Anne Byers, from her childhood experiences in an opera company with her mother, to her responsibilities and challenges in adulthood.
Those who have read Elizabeth Crane’s previous set of short stories, When the Messenger is Hot, will recognize the same breathless storytelling format used in this full-length novel.
Charlotte’s life is explored as a scattered set of non-chronological mini-stories. Crane’s work has the humor of today’s popular chick-lit tales of woe. It also has the depth and added dimension to make this novel rise to the top of the category.
The heroine in All This Heavenly Glory isn’t always likable or fully understandable, but Crane’s abilities make readers care what happens to Charlotte.
This novel has no beginning or end. It has no real climax or hardy resolution of conflict. Readers are invited to reflect on Charlotte’s life as though she was a girlfriend in the middle of a self-examination period. The author’s ability to engage the audience into the lives of her characters is what makes Crane’s work so unique and appealing.