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Ebook Details
  • 07/2021
  • 978-1-7342194-7-0 B09B84YQSN
  • 346 pages
  • $9.99
Hardcover Book Details
  • 07/2021
  • 9781732805279
  • 346 pages
  • $45.00
Showandah Terrill
Author
Glory Days

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Before the Grammys, the Emmys, and the Academy Awards, before being rated as one of the top concert pianists in the world, before the happy marriage and the eclectic collection of children, there was another Peter Aarons III, the young man who returned home from Vietnam and stepped into the shadow of his powerful father, Peter Aarons. The real one. The White Lion of Hollywood. This was the young man who decided to hire a black housekeeper and her Mexican husband. This was the young man trying to find himself in the polarized, racially charged melee that was 1960’s Hollywood.
Reviews
Terrill’s capable debut addresses the heavyweight topics of racism, child sexual abuse, and sexuality against the backdrop of 1960’s America. Peter “Bud” Aarons, son of famously wealthy movie producer Peter Aarons, has just returned from Vietnam—where a mysterious jungle fever disqualified him from further military service—and moved back in with his affluent grandmother. When his grandmother’s long time housekeeper retires, Bud feels driven to hire Glory and Rafael Ruiz to replace her, even though his well-to-do family is against employing a Gullah woman and her Mexican husband. As Bud grows closer to Glory, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that threatens to uproot everything familiar to him.

Bud, who suffers from excruciating nightmares, soon discovers that his own past has been concealed from him. He learns that his grandmother offered to take care of him after his Russian mother immigrated to the United States with Bud in tow–and their past as prisoners of German soldiers hints at sexual abuse when he was very young. Haunted by this knowledge, and fearful of how it relates to his romantic struggles, Bud tries to balance his growing disillusionment with his family’s façade and his desire to break the mold and chase his own dreams. In the process, he loses loved ones–but his own hope for a better future and his friendship with Glory strengthen his resolve.

Readers will find Terrill’s characters multidimensional and relatable, although some fit too easily into traditional stereotypes. Bud is the standout—his inner turmoil and search for meaning will resonate with readers of thoughtful, family-oriented adult fiction–and the story’s ending, while satisfying, leaves promising threads to be explored in a follow-up. Terrill does an admirable job of blending family drama, serious social issues, and the development of a mind and heart. The end result is a moving endorsement of equality and empowerment.

Takeaway: An affluent young man chases his dreams against the backdrop of 1960s racism in this epic family drama.

Great for fans of: Jennifer Weiner’s Mrs. Everything, Malcolm Hansen’s They Come in All Colors.

Production grades
Cover: B
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B+
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 07/2021
  • 978-1-7342194-7-0 B09B84YQSN
  • 346 pages
  • $9.99
Hardcover Book Details
  • 07/2021
  • 9781732805279
  • 346 pages
  • $45.00

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