"All Most Together Now" is Glenn's first collection of short stories which have been well-received by his fans. Starting with a very young
girl who is endlessly sad because of a drought and ending with a very old man who longs to be on the water, these stories venture into
the happy and sad, the light and dark, the funny and the grim - all with a healthy does of humanity.
Glenn has a way of telling a story that sucks the reader into the lives of characters who seem improbably impossible to like or
understand, but end up becoming close literary friends. Their troubles become our troubles, their triumphs our own personal glories.
Along the way, we laugh with (and at) them, feel for them (or those around them), and finally come to understand them (even if we still
don't really like them!).
"Glenn is the master of straightforward stories about the laughable darkness within our souls. He reaches out with a sharp knife and
cleverly dissects the desires and demons of his characters. His people are real even if they live in unreal circumstances, pushed to
their limits by life, either succeeding or succumbing. Either way, we feel what they feel."
This first collection of short stories is both powerful and provocative, while still allowing for gentle moments of forgotten trust or wistful
longing interspersed with laugh out loud moments of human failures and understanding. In Glenn's hands, even great achievements
become hollow without underlying meaning, and terrific tragedies reveal their comic truths.
As one fan put: "Great bathroom reading!" Or, Glenn would add: bed, porch, beach, mountain top. Just read.
The first collection
Citriana - she's only six, but she knows the earth needs water to survive - even in 1956.
The House on the Corner - what could possibly go wrong does - year after year.
Colossal Woes - their days are over, these Goliaths; puny men will someday rule their world.
Champion Parker - just a janitor, until he breaks his back and falls for a coed - figuratively.
Danny with a D - he can't speak a word, but his family loves him anyway.
The Twins Face Down Death - they can't understand why no one else is able to accept that their Mommy is gone.
Turning Point - this younger girl he brought home is too hot! Now, he can see that.
Sarah’s Big Move - she came to Hollywood with stars in her eyes - and a growing pain in her ass.
A Fair Race - Ricky the Rocket is going to win this race tonight, but not unless he can love his wife some more.
Spo’t of Tea - How much is it? Does it matter? Uv corss it bleedin' does, ya twat!
The Bad Hitch - all she remembered was storming the house in Afghanistan, almost going blind, then taking the blame. But why?
Danny with a D – Part II - Danny constructs a dream and defends it - with a word.
Slipknot - maybe not the lyingest, most corrupt politician ever, but close to it - as St. Peter tells him so succinctly.
Familiar - every day the same impersonal grind at the Big Box Store - until a stranger cruises the aisles with an agenda.
You Just Never Know - if a dream can come true before you die, is it still a dream?
|From Amazon (who got the order wrong!)
Glenn A. Bruce's second collection of Short Stories, "All Most Together Now," is an
eclectic mix of strong characters in wildly different situations. He blends humor and
irony, as would be expected, but throws in several dashes of unexpected twists and
turns, strange outcomes and powerful human resolve.
The stories range from a little girl who loves water more than anything and must face
a life without, to a house with really bad karma; a mentally handicapped young man
who pays with language inside his head in order to deal with a world he only partially
understands; and twin 7-year-old girls who try to understand their mother's death
while their father tries to understand why the entire extended family is completely
The well-drawn characters include a young female Hollywood executive trying to order
lunch in a too-chic cafe; a Southern dirt track racer trying to figure out how to better
share home chores with his wife while at the same time trying to win a dangerous race
on a tight track; a centenarian who has an unrequited passion for sailing; and a good
God-fearing Midwest politician who never pauses to praise his Maker, or attack his
Congressional opponents with all the fierceness of a bloodthirsty Philistine -- certain
that he knows his Fate.
Inconsolable giants, a mystery shopper in a Big Box store, wayward British youths
trying to define upper crust values, a woman soldier trapped in a shootout "in country,"
a happy, wounded Champion of life, and a sex-crazed young woman who is about to
change a man's life - for good. It's all here, and it's all great reading -- stories that will
stay with you a long time.
"Glenn A. Bruce holds no pretensions in his writing. He is simple, precise and clear in
his storytelling. Yet his love of language and understanding of the human conditioning
are at times astounding."