GLORY BISHOP by Deborah L. King
A sheltered church girl. A quiet, secret rebellion. Can she become the person she wants to be?
In 1983 Chicago, Glory Bishop yearns to be normal. Under the strict thumb of her abusive and zealous mother, the anxious teenager finds relief in stolen moments and kisses with her boyfriend. But when she provides him an alibi against another girl’s disturbing accusation, she catches the eye of the preacher’s son – the twenty-seven-year-old youth minister.
After her beloved joins the Navy with no further contact, the heartbroken high schooler reluctantly obeys her mom and tolerates the unwanted attention of the arrogant man eleven years her senior. But when she’s saved by her suitor from a brutal attack, she gives in to his courtship… even though she discovers his oppressive need for control.
Can she rescue herself from a life she doesn’t want?
Glory Bishop is the poignant first book in the Glory Bishop women’s literary fiction series. If you like resilient heroines, dramatic themes, and overcoming obstacles, then you’ll love Deborah L. King’s page-turning novel.
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THOUGH DEBORAH L. KING has been a writer and storyteller her whole life, publishing her first short story at seven years old, she took only 32 years to complete the story of Glory Bishop. The novels were published in 2019 and 2021 as Glory Bishop and Glory Unbound. The two-part story tells the coming-of-age of a Chicago teenager growing up in the 1980s. Glory Unbound is a finalist for the CWA 2022 book of the year. Deborah’s third novel, Mary Not Broken, is the prequel to Glory Bishop and tells the story of Glory’s mother. Mary Not Broken has been published on Amazon’s Kindle Vella, one episode at a time, and is due out in paperback in 2023.
Deborah loves storms, champagne, Old Time Radio, and 70s Blues and Soul. As a fiction writer, she loves the work of Octavia Butler, classic Stephen King, Peter David, and the illustrations of Dan DeCarlo. Thanks to an interesting childhood, she’s afraid of escalators, bill collectors, and sometimes fresh produce.
Along with being a Vulcan and a bread-bender, Deborah enjoys cartoons, baking, photography, and Star Trek. Born and raised in Chicago, she has managed to achieve all of her childhood dreams—artist, teacher, baker, photographer, model, truck-driver, writer— and still lives in the area with her husband and two youngest children. According to her daughter, she has “literally aced her life!”