Verdict: Patience is required. The reward is an interesting grab bag of clever commentary on modern day life.
Tommy Morrison is too complex a guy for his own good and the story he tells reflects that. His impulses—often mischievous, sometimes violent—push Tommy to the limits of social acceptance, leaving him with a terrible secret that he struggles to suppress. He pays a life-altering price for his behavior by losing his one great love.
As Tommy stumbles along a path toward self-awareness, his story crisscrosses back and forth between the threads of his inner and outer existence. While living in the present, he simultaneously weaves in memories in which he mourns the loss of his college lover. Tommy the bad guy causes pain in his current relationships. Tommy the good guy crowns himself “Teach” and commits to helping his General Education Diploma (GED) students improve their lives by attaining their degrees.
Remaining fixated on his lost love and his secret, Tommy decides on impulse to assign his class the task of interpreting what getting their GED would mean to them. The resulting essays and their individual titles are interposed with Tommy’s narratives about the past, through which Tommy finally gains an acceptance of this reality.
Glorify Each Day is as complex, and indeed as convoluted, as Tommy himself. Patience is required. The reward is an interesting grab bag of clever commentary on modern day life.
Reviewed by Eveline Speedie
Former newspaper editor and reporter. Freelance writer. Currently rewriting first novel and starting a sequel.