• by Gloria Norris
  • Narrated by Gloria Norris
  • 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gloria Norris' KooKooLand is a memoir written on the edge of a knife blade. Chilling, intensely moving, and darkly funny, it cuts to the heart and soul of a troubled American family and announces the arrival of a startlingly original voice.
Gloria Norris grew up in the projects of Manchester, New Hampshire, with her parents; her sister, Virginia; and her cat, Sylvester. A snapshot might show a happy young family, but only a dummkopf would buy that.
Nine-year-old Gloria is gutsy and wisecracking. Her father, Jimmy, all dazzle and danger, is often on the far side of the law and makes his own rules - which everyone else better follow. Gloria's mom, Shirley, tries not to rock the boat, Virginia unwisely defies Jimmy, and Gloria fashions herself into his sidekick - the son he never had.
Jimmy takes Gloria everywhere. Hunting; to the racetrack; to slasher movies; and to his parents' dingy bar, a hole-in-the-wall with pickled eggs and pickled alkies. But it's at Hank Piasecny's gun shop that Gloria meets the person who will change her life. While Hank and Jimmy trade good-humored insults, Gloria comes under the spell of Hank's college-age daughter, Susan. Brilliant, pretty, kind, and ambitious, Susan is everything Gloria longs to be - and can be, provided she dreams big and aces third grade like Susan tells her to.
But one night a brutal act changes the courses of all their lives. The story that unfolds is a profound portrait of how violence echoes through a family and through a community. From the tragedy Gloria finds a way to carve out a future on her own terms and ends up just where she wants to be.
Gripping and unforgettable, KooKooLand is a triumph.


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I grew up in Manchester so this book was very interesting but to my book club friends it was a shocking book.
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- Claudette Fucci

Leaving my best friend...

What Gloria Norris has accomplished with this amazing story of overcoming her situation is outstanding! Every time I put it down I felt like I was leaving my best childhood friend, couldn't wait to return and share in her journey.
Her story was, my story ...many other friend's share the same up bringing with parents who were irrational, complicated and loving while making sure you knew what a burden loving you could be. it's history of our town, a murder that was unthinkable, a home movie of real people who are relatable to everyone.
To not read this amazing memoir would be a mistake, Don't be a "dummkopf" Let little Gloria take you on a tour of how life was in Manchester, NH.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-21-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios