The Evolution of Glory Loomis
By Michael G. Bassen
“A terrifically entertaining and original story from beginning to end, The Evolution of Glory Loomis by Michael Bassen is very highly recommended for both highschool and community library YA Fiction collections.”
– Midwest Book Review
Thirteen-year-old Glory Eleanor Loomis of Sackatucket, Long Island makes a shocking discovery in a secondhand bookstore when she picks up a book that reads like a horror story version of her own life. Things take an even weirder and more worrisome turn when she’s suddenly beset by a flurry of eerie flu-like symptoms, collapses onto her bedroom floor, and awakens twelve hours later, bewildered and terrified, in a hospital bathroom.
Unaware that she is caught in the grip of biological forces that no one sees or understands, she begins to change in secret, subtle, and stupefying ways until her transformation is complete. Be careful what you wish for, someone once said . . . but in the end, Glory could not have wished for more.
Michael Bassen was born and raised in New York City, received his bachelor’s degree from Trinity College (Conn) and his master’s degree from Harvard. He spent the next thirty-two years as a public high school English teacher and union official on Long Island. In his time away from school, he’s written several stories and full-length plays (one of them a finalist in the Eugene O’Neill playwriting competition), created a number of educational games (the last being “Shakespeare’s Mind” based on Shakespeare’s sonnets), and composed a great many songs (with and without lyrics). He currently lives in Lincoln, Rhode Island with his wife, just outside of Providence. Before that he lived on Long Island, in a house not unlike Glory’s, in a town not unlike Sackatucket, for just over three decades. His first novel, The Evolution of Glory Loomis, was largely inspired by his wife (a teacher and writer) and two (now grown-up) daughters (a teacher and a child psychiatrist).