Published by Willam Morrow and Company, July 1993
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Quotes and Reviews
"Lewis Shiner is the most important and promising young writer on the scene today. Glimpses has the raw power of a documentary, a nitty-gritty, minute-by-minute evocation of a highly personal journey. Glimpses captures the sixties perfectly—I was there, and it was the way Shiner writes it."
—Dr. Timothy Leary
"Glimpses is a book that invites
contemplation—of the tragic ways that many of the greatest musicians of our times
have destroyed themselves; of the unpredictable patterns of growth in individuals,
art, and society; of time and causality itself. Shiner grants nearly every character
here some moment of wisdom, some clarity of expression, so that each can express his
or her own truth. That he manages to do so without being obvious about it, that he can
convey all these points of view while keeping a complexly plotted novel going, is a
marvel of writing ability. In thematic grandeur, vividness, and sheer audacity, Glimpses
stands with G.K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday, and other outstanding works of
"Glimpses is dead-on about the high and tight nineties even as it reaches out for the sweet hereafter of the sixties. It longs for something better, and finds it, I guess, as much as anything is ever found anymore. It's a mean, sweet, wry, and disturbing book, in equal portions."
—Frederick Barthelme, author of Moon Deluxe
"You don't have to be a musician to love Glimpses, but musicians will appreciate how free it is of the strained, embarrassing attempts to describe the musical process that torpedo so many non-musicians when they try to write about music. Much less gimmicky than it sounds, Glimpses is ingenious, well-crafted, and deeply moving."
—Joe Gore, Guitar Player
"Glimpses took me into the world of the people who used to read my work. It's a tribute to your strength as a writer that you overcame my basic view of human beings as cockroaches in monkey suits and actually aroused feelings of compassion and understanding. It is a really wonderful book."
—Jules Siegel, author of "Goodbye Surfing, Hello God!"