Review: 'The War For Gloria' is an epic coming-of-age tale

In “The War for Gloria” by Atticus Lish, Gloria is the single mother of Corey

“In The War for Gloria” by Atticus Lish (Knopf)

Corey and Leonard’s relationship quickly grows tense as it becomes clear to Corey that Leonard is not a good man and may even be dangerous. As Gloria’s condition worsens, the clash between father and son continues to intensify.

“The War For Gloria” is a force, an epic coming-of-age tale filled with pain, heartache, fear, and undying love. When you think the story might turn one direction, it turns another. But what remains steadfast throughout is Corey’s devotion to his mother, his guttural need to do all he can to protect her. It is, however, a very long read, and at times, the story feels slow. But on the whole, Lish has crafted a compelling tale filled with complex and at times, frightening characters that will keep you intrigued.


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