The new book The Glory
Walk: A Memoir
by Cathryn E. Smith (VanderWyk &
Burnham, $22.95 hardcover) is more than a memoir about the author’s
father. This book marries content and form in an innovative
way—producing a one-of-a-kind literary experience.
The Glory Walk
is a multi-layered narrative that captures readers and propels
them into the heart of a powerful story. Using an absorbing
blend of creative styles and unusual imagery, the author gives
voice not only to each person in the story but also to the Alzheimer’s
disease that steals her father’s life. Her distinctive storytelling
style breaks fresh ground with an engaging blend of prose, letters,
conversations, poems, and music. This memoir celebrates the
complexity of family love, the enduring presence of nature,
and the vibrant essence of the human spirit.
Judith Kitchen—poet, essayist, and author—says, "I enjoyed reading this book. I very much like the mix of styles and functions of the various pieces.… Everyone comes alive. I hope this book gets the attention it deserves!"
"The Glory Walk
says the publisher Meredith Rutter, "is an extraordinary literary
experience that will encourage robust discussions for all readers,
especially book club members." From the setup in the introduction
to the final thought in the epilogue, Smith invites the reader
on a remarkable journey that starts with fractured memories
and ends with a life-affirming picture of one man’s and one
family’s "glory walk."
The Glory Walk
at bookstores or by calling 800-789-7916.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cathryn E. Smith is an English professor in Rochester, NY, and
a published poet. She received a fellowship in 1999 from the
New York Foundation for the Arts in Creative Nonfiction in support
of this work. Smith wrote this book as a way to deal with the
grief of losing her father. What she discovered by working through
the writing process is that a person can lose a loved one physically
but find that person spiritually.
The Glory Walk:
by Cathryn E. Smith
Published by VanderWyk & Burnham
Publication Date: May 2003
ISBN: 1-889242-17-9, $22.95, hardcover, 208 pp