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SO LONG AS WE'RE TOGETHER

by Glenda Burgess

Black Opal Books, September 2019

 

Life for the Stone girls is a life lived on the edge. Singing for a living, Marley and Andi find their way through a childhood of upheaval marked by their mother Donna's dark, unpredictable flights. Today, Marley writes the songs her twin, country diva Andi Stone, makes famous, and the girls' connection struggles to survive the cuts and devastations of fame. When Donna Stone takes her own life, alone at the family cabin, hidden truths threaten to take the Stone sisters down, singly and together. A powerful, intimate portrait of love, ambition, and survival.

 

"So Long As We're Together by Glenda Burgess is a deftly crafted and powerfully intimate story of love, ambition, and survival that takes the reader into the lives of three memorable women. An inherently fascinating and absorbing read from cover to cover, So Long As We're Together showcases author Glenda Burgess' genuine flair for a distinctively reader engaging narrative storytelling style." 

—Midwest Book Review

 

With stirring, pinpoint prose and a genius for the emotional terrain of family, grief and memory, Glenda Burgess has written a novel of great and lasting power with So Long As We're Together. The story of the musical Stone family will reverberate in your heart and mind long after you finish reading it."

Shawn Vestal, author of Daredevils

 

"The distinctions between truth and the stories we tell ourselves, omissions and lies, and how the past can both break and heal us are explored beautifully in Burgess's So Long As We're Together. Tender and wise, this novel creates a melody that will resonate and sing till the very last page."

— Marjan Kamali, author of The Stationery Store

 

"Music scores the lives of two sisters together from girlhood to adulthood in Burgess's sublime novel So Long As We're Together. About ambition and the price of fame and the ties that bind (and sometimes strangle us), it's also a fierce, frank portrayal of the ways we love one another—how we succeed and sometimes, how we fail. Piercingly honest and gorgeously written, and as indelible as a song you love."
— Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow
  

"In Burgess's hand, the women of the Stone family are rendered as bright, as fractured, and as real as any characters I have ever read—and all with clean, direct prose that evokes the work of Jess Walter, Anthony Doerr, and Rebecca Makkai. This is a propulsive, moving book."
— Christian Kiefer, author of Phantoms
 
"Glenda Burgess has written a deeply felt novel about families, particularly those made up of strong women. She beautifully explores both the sticky nature of sisterly love—the kind of love that persists even (or perhaps especially) when we're not even sure we like each other—and the mystery of maternal love, which is almost too big, even when imperfect, to comprehend. Her sentences ring with the music her characters make."
— Peternelle van Arsdale, author of The Cold is in Her Bones

 

"A middle-aged songwriter reconsiders her life in Burgess' tender, sharply observed novel. Burgess evokes both Seattle and the Idaho countryside in sensuous detail, and effortlessly weaves the process of music-making into the story. A touching exploration of two sisters pulled by the past."

—Kirkus Review

 

SO LONG AS WE'RE TOGETHER

 

 

 

THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOVE

 

 PRAISE FOR THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOVE
"I read Glenda Burgess' poignant and harrowing memoir in one sitting-in one breath-and all I had ever felt about love's ability to vanquish everything, to swallow heartbreak, to correct history, Burgess makes us believe. And in a fashion that reads like a classic novel." -Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean.

"This generous book, both primer and elegy, chronicles a courageous woman’s journey forward into love’s complexities…and long after I’ve closed the book, convinced me to embrace and savor wholly each day, each moment, each love, before they, too, are gone." - Katrina Roberts, author of The Quick, and Friendly Fire, Idaho Prize for Poetry

"The Geography of Love" means many others can indeed share in {Burgess'} memories, be inspired by them, reflect on what this one shining marriage teaches about love and happiness, trust and instinct, faith and loss." -Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Burgess lyrically and perceptively explores how the body, emotions and experiences are connected, how love and misfortune affect that landscape... Wrenchingly painful, but intensely affecting." - Kirkus

"Burgess' journey possesses bravery and open-eyed clarity." - Publishers Weekly

THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOVE

by Glenda Burgess
Broadway Books, August 2008
[softcover release August 2009]

TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2008 - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The Thirteenth annual BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE AWARD finalist.
Target Breakout Book Pick A Top 25 book nationwide.

"Burgess' tender recollections... remind us that we tend to be defined by our great loves well after we have outlived them." - Elle Magazine

Love is always a leap of faith...

The Geography of Love is a powerful and moving exploration of a woman's life, of love tested by unthinkable circumstances, and of our ability to love and trust no matter what the odds. It is also a poignant love letter to a woman's great love, a man who had lost so much yet taught her to see every twist and turn that life offers as an adventure and an opportunity.

With echoes of Susan Duncan's Salvation Creek and Joan Didion's Year of Magical Thinking, this tender and intimate memoir asks the age-old question of whether it is better to have loved and lost than have never loved at all - and answers with a resounding yes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPOSURES

EXPOSURES by Glenda Burgess
Malvern Publishing, Ltd., United Kingdom, February 2000
Back in Print, Penguin Books/AuthorHouse, May 2005

Aging photographer Jess Cappello confronts a devastating career crisis that accidentally entwines him in the rising career of a rebellious cello prodigy. A journey of extraordinary talent and human destiny woven within the portals of music and twenty of history’s remarkable photographs.

"The exquisite detail...a wonderfully delightful read."- Dennis High, Curator, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, California

"The treat is to learn something from a book, to carry the characters around in my thoughts, to add "what ifs" to the ending. It's all there in Exposures. Beautiful..."- P. Rogers, Los Altos, California

 

 

LOOSE THREADS

LOOSE THREADS By Glenda Burgess
Malvern Publishing, Ltd., United Kingdom, August 1998
(Great American First Novel series)
Second Edition, back in print, Penguin Books/AuthorHouse, March 2008

Published for the first time in Britain as part of the "Great American First Novel" series, Loose Threads explores the uncommon thread, the path not taken as an emerging sculptor struggles through the complex turning points of her life. Engaging, fresh, and unforgettable, Loose Threads is a novel of the journey to authenticity and the redemptive power of genuine passion.

“In her first novel, Loose Threads, Glenda Burgess takes readers on an armchair world tour with Ellen d’Ullay and the changing map of her inner world. “-- Saratoga News

“In today’s fast paced world, how does anyone find a life that matters? Ellen d’Ullay is about to risk everything, following that one loose thread… A novel rich in detail about the world of international diplomacy and the inner obsessions of struggling artists, Loose Threads is a sophisticated, intelligent read—direct and powerful with take-your-breath away passages of eloquent writing.” – reader from Washington DC, Amazon.com

"...a story for anyone who crept into their own life without a precise sense of location..."-Los Altos Town Crier


A SPECIAL COLLECTION THESAURUS: WOMEN STUDIES

A SPECIAL COLLECTION THESAURUS; WOMEN STUDIES by Glenda Burgess
University of Washington Press, 1979

A first of its kind academic indexing and thesaurus compilation to aid researchers and collectors in the management of materials and texts in specialized collections correlated with the academic discipline of Women Studies. Designed for the Department of Women Studies at the University of Washington. Out of print, limited quantities available. Search ISBN B0006DY98A