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“The War for Gloria”

“The War for Gloria” by Atticus Lish, Knopf, 2021, 464 pages, $28.

 

“The War for Gloria” is the turbulent and deeply moving new novel from Atticus Lish, author of the award-winning debut book “Preparation for the Next Life.” 

Lish’s latest takes place during the second decade of this century in the working-class neighborhoods of Boston. The personal wars are many.