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Reviewed by Nandita Keshavan for Readers' Favorite
After the Glitter Fades by Lynny Prince is a unique book which gives voice to the suffering, memories and eternal inner beauty and hope of a woman’s memoirs during a time of war in the United States. Its intimate feel draws the reader into the poetry of Betty Jean Goff. The book begins with a short foreword on the author’s life by her daughter, Lynny Prince. Some of the poems are dedicated to lost friends and family. The narrative voice is gentle, but there are tones of optimism and nostalgia that blend with the tolerance and strength of what would have been important emotions for people of this time.
There is a common thread of love in all the poems as the poet remembers lost ones, sometimes fondly, sometimes in grief. It is a reverential love and though the author suffered loss and loneliness, she nevertheless keeps her spiritual faith and her reverence for love itself, which she describes beautifully as her “mystical friend” in the darkest hour. The poet’s style is refreshingly simple and effective, which is clearly shown in the poem “My Children.”
The book ends with an interview with Betty, which is informative to the reader to see how people survived the Great Depression, a time when commitment and bonds were valued and maintained. She recounts her personal losses and the chaotic backdrop of wars, racism and hippy rebellion. In her simple words, she touches the heart of the reader by wishing that the people she loved were still alive, wishing for health and also being grateful for the joy she has shared with children and grandchildren. After the Glitter Fades is a book with historical perspective that would give great personal insight into life in America between 1933 – 2007. It’s a capsule of history and thought that is inspiring for future generations.