a novel

Susan Richards Shreve (as Annie Waters)

"Not since Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar has there been such a remarkable story about a young woman's descent into madness. In a style that is both compact and lush, Annie Waters gives us Sage's search for family, trust, and hope." —Kaye Gibbons

"Glimmer is a novel so pure and true and affecting that Sage and her family go directly inside your rib cage. [The author's] imagery and voices, her talent, are impressive. This family is real, and they sound that way. I'm saving Glimmer for my daughters to read someday." —Susan Straight


Glimmer is a young woman’s account of being forced to define her identity, both for the world and for herself. Her story is laced with humor; Sage has an appealing, sardonic take on her confrontation with black student union delegates, and the proposition from girls representing the gay and lesbian alliance. But those encounters are preludes to other pressures, which prove insurmountable. Although she can joke about them, the clubs and cliques that form around her, the easy-going students, and the coed bathrooms make Sage feel conspicuous and different, and her desire to not be noticed leads her to shy away from others. She has a desire to “metamorphose.”


In the pea-thick heat of Indian summer, I lie naked on top of the comforter, my ankles outlined by the moonlight that floods the narrow window beside my bed. I hold my breath, listening to hear beyond my own heartbeat — the shrill sound of a siren in the distance, of voices on the street below my window, of soft footsteps on the floor above me. Down the corridor from my room, music is playing.

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