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Make ’em bleed

Adam Mars-Jones: ‘The War for Gloria’, 27 January 2022

The War for Gloria 
by Atticus Lish.
Knopf, 464 pp., $28, September 2021, 978 1 5247 3232 5
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... with the world, illness forces us back onto ourselves. When Gloria Goltz, the title character of Atticus Lish’s second novel, The War for Gloria, in her early forties, clever, unfulfilled and the mother of a teenager, is diagnosed with the degenerative illness ALS, her life shrinks. Meanwhile her son Corey, who is fifteen when she is diagnosed, both ...

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