Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
A NovelBook - 2014
Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities--but not for Glory, who has no plan for what's next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she's never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way...until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person's infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions--and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women's rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she'll do anything to make sure this one doesn't come to pass.
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I wished I could take her to the library and hand her over to the librarians. "Please teach her about everything," I'd say.
As I walked back to the porch, I was thankful. I'd been so preoccupied with whether or not I would turn into Darla--so busy being the walking picture of emptiness--that I'd overlooked society's expectations of me.
I smiled at this.
Did all outcasts come to this realization at a certain point in life? That being outcast from a bogus and pornographic society was a good thing? I hoped so. I hoped there was an army of us out there, smiling about it that very moment.
"Amy always had a way of going over the top because I told her I was a feminist when I was twelve, and she told Dad he'd brainwashed me into being some sort of half-boy.
Which was bullshit. I was not a half-boy. I was still totally myself. I just wanted Aunt Amy to get paid as much as a man if ever she got off her lazy ass and got a job.
Why did everyone mix up that word so much?"
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A few facts about Glory O’Brien:
-Her mother, Darla O’Brien, killed herself by sticking her head in an oven.
-It was on the letter “N” day at school
-Glory is the one who found her
-Darla was a photographer, Glory has followed in her mother’s footsteps
-Glory’s best friend is Ellie, she lives on a hippie commune across the street
-Ellie has crabs from her boyfriend Rick
-Glory isn’t so sure she wants to be best friends with Ellie any more
-Glory and Ellie celebrate graduation by drinking a petrified bat Glory has named Max Black
-Max Black gifts them with the ability to see the past and future of everyone they meet
Looking into the future through the people she meets, Glory sees a world torn apart by civil war over women’s rights. As Glory tries to write down her history of the future she grapples with her mother’s suicide, her growing distance from her best friend and her own lack of future after graduation.
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