Glory Days

by Melissa Fraterrigo

“Melissa Fraterrigo’s novel strikes with the unexpected force of a summer tornado. It’s a marvel as gritty as the carnival at the edge of her fictional rural town of Ingleside, where characters worthy of a Flannery O’Connor story struggle and self-medicate to make sense of lives marked by loss, violence, and despair. Fraterrigo is as much a seer as her Trompe-l’oeil Fredonia the Great, who aches when she must reveal the truth. Fredonia tells her estranged daughter, ‘Honey, I’ll help you work toward any dream that you have. But this. This is not a dream. Laying hands is a job.’ These characters yearn for one another, across time, even across death, and they take comfort in the past and in one another, however fragile their connections.”

— Bonnie Jo Campbell, National Book Award finalist, author of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters


 “Melissa Fraterrigo’s Glory Days presents a world of ghosts and seers, the living and the dead, bound together in a small farming community at the crossroads of tradition and the most cavalier of progress. Spinning through a series of unforgettable characters, each lured by a sense of freedom, violence, or the need to belong, these stories surprise us, echo with significance, and draw together to paint a complicated portrait of a place about to be lost.”

— Michelle Hoover, author of The Quickening and Bottomland


“Melissa Fraterrigo’s people will brand an impression upon your soul … She knows her land and its people, their struggles, conflicts, ways of survival and ruin, but most of all the roots to family, and wanting to escapethat family. Her people are forever stained by their upbringing, memories and consequences of choice. Melissa’s stories are a powerful reminder of what it means to be human.”

— Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana


Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication Date: September 2017
175 pages paperback $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-4962-0132-4

Available: University of Nebraska Press, Barnes & Noble,

And many fine indie bookstores (just ask for it)


Melissa Fraterrigo is the author of the novel Glory Days (University of Nebraska Press) and the short story collection The Longest Pregnancy (Livingston Press). Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in more than forty literary journals and anthologies from Fifth Wednesday Journal, Shenandoah, and The Massachusetts Review to storySouth, Notre Dame Review, and Prairie Schooner. Twice nominated for Pushcart Awards, Fraterrigo won the Sam Adams/Zoetrope: All Story Short Fiction Contest. She is founder and executive director of the Lafayette Writers’ Studio in Lafayette, IN, where she teaches classes on the art and craft of writing.

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