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Julia Glass

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Julia Glass was born March 23, 1956, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her debut novel, Three Junes, won the National Book Award in 2002. Her latest novel is entitled, The Widower's tale. She grew up in Lincoln, MA, and graduated from Yale in 1978. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts with her partner, visa mer photographer Dennis Cowley. She has two children and works as a freelance journalist and editor. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

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Verk av Julia Glass

Three Junes (2002) 4,481 exemplar
The Whole World Over (2006) 1,121 exemplar
The Widower's Tale (2010) 871 exemplar
I See You Everywhere (2008) 774 exemplar
And the Dark Sacred Night (2014) 376 exemplar
A House Among the Trees (2017) 292 exemplar
Vigil Harbor (2022) 115 exemplar
Chairs in the Rafters (2014) 4 exemplar
Tr©es ver♯oes 1 exemplar

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Three Junes is three simultaneously intertwined yet disconnected stories involving the McLeod family of Scotland and their spouses, lovers and friends. Part I, "Collies," introduces the patriarch, Paul McLeod, a recent widower touring Greece shortly after his wife Maureen's death. Paul befriends the thirty-something tour guide, Jack, and becomes infatuated with Fern, a "girl" he and Jack keep running into. Part II, "Upright," tells of Paul's oldest son Fenno's life in the U.S., where he operates a bookshop with his mentor and sometimes lover Ralph while caring for his friend Mal, who is dying of AIDS, and having an affair with the mysterious, aloof playboy Tony. In Part III, "Boys," Fern of Part I reemerges as a pregnant widow who spends a weekend with Tony, Tony's new boytoy and Fenno.

The novel both requires and rewards close reading. Details critical to understanding a situation, such as Paul's age at the time of his trip, are provided just far enough apart and are not explicitly connected, making it easy to overlook the ridiculousness of a man in his late sixties or early seventies infatuated with and hoping to seduce a "girl" in her twenties. Other details are presented without explanation: Fenno overhearing Mal breaking dishes; only much later will this scene be associated with its impetus: the difficult relationship between Mal and his mother.

One weakness of the novel is that both "Collies" and "Boys" seem superfluous to the real story told in "Upright" and could have been eliminated without impairing the novel's emotional impact. The technique Julia Glass employs to slowly show the growth of Fenno's character through the humanity in Mal's death by alternating between painful present and equally painful past is simply brilliant and would stand on its own. My other observation is that Glass often introduces events which should be life-changing (e.g. hints and allegations of infidelity on the part of Maureen) but ultimately leaves them unresolved. In this vein, the relationships between Paul and Fern and particularly Fern and Tony end up feeling contrived because no one involved recognizes the not insignificant familial or romantic relationships between Paul and Fenno and Fenno and Tony.

Despite these criticisms, Three Junes is a rewarding read for both the story it tells and the manner in which it is told.
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skavlanj | 95 andra recensioner | Dec 17, 2023 |
Beautifully written character-driven saga that features the McLeod family. It is a story in three parts. The first, set in June 1989, follows Paul McLeod who, shortly after the death of his wife, is traveling with a tour group in Greece. The substantial second part, set in June 1995, features eldest son, Fenno. He lives in New York with his dog and parrot, runs a bookshop, and travels annually to the ancestral family home in Scotland. We meet his twin siblings, David and Dennis, and their wives and children. Fenno’s relationships with Mal, suffering from AIDS, and Tony, are told in flashback. In the short third section, set in June 1999, we find characters from the first two parts vacationing at the beach house of a mutual friend.

This book is subtle and understated. It is about love, loss, friendship, and family connections. I loved the characters – they feel so authentic. They are complex and fully formed, with strengths, weaknesses, and eccentricities. The relationships among the characters have that realistic ebb and flow of closeness and distance. I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of animals, the focus on art, and the use of food in bringing people together (one character is a chef). The writing is stellar. Glass brings the reader into the lives of these characters through describing the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of their lives. The dialogues are believable. I always know I have loved a book when I do not want it to end, and it lingers in my thoughts.
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Castlelass | 95 andra recensioner | Oct 30, 2022 |
Dystopian novel set in the near future (2030s) in the small fictional community of Vigil Harbor, Massachusetts. American society is dealing with climate change, eco-terrorism, pandemic fallout, immigration bans, and escalating political divisiveness. The primary plotline is based on a group of ecoterrorists that disrupt this privileged and (mostly) sheltered town.

There are nine primary characters, each with a distinctive voice. Mike is a marine biologist tracking decline in sea life. Egon is Mike’s gay son who is in the closet. Margo is a retired high school English teacher whose husband having an affair with Mike’s wife. Miriam has remarried several years after losing her husband to COVID-19. Her son Brecht survived a terrorist act and has returned home to live with his mother. His stepfather Austin is an architect designing housing that will withstand the worsening climate conditions. Connie is helping to run her son’s homeschool group. Her husband, Celestino, is a Guatemalan landscaper who is worried about immigration issues. Petra is posing as a journalist to find out more about her partner’s suicide, and thinks Austin is hiding information.

I have read one other novel by Julia Glass (Three Junes) which I enjoyed very much so I thought I’d give her latest a try. It is a sprawling epic that paints a portrait of an entire community and their relationships. `It is amazing that the author can write all these characters and their backstories in a way that the reader can easily follow. She excels at character development. These people are flawed and believable. Many are dealing with grief. All are dealing with fears. Other themes include security, parenting, trust, and identity.

There is even a small element of magical realism, but I am not convinced this book needed it. There is already enough going on without it. This dystopian society is an extrapolation of current issues. I am not sure I can envision the ecological movement going to these extremes (at least I hope not), but it is definitely thought-provoking. It can get a bit depressing at times, but in the end, it is a story about the importance of love, understanding, acceptance, and the need to bond together to face the challenges of the future.
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Castlelass | 5 andra recensioner | Oct 30, 2022 |
Love finding a new writer I enjoy. Really liked this one; the writer's use of language was great and the characters well formed. Good use of social commentary though usually I just look for a GOOD story. This had both. Liked the contrast of characters leaving and returning to their small town and the effect it had on all involved. Recommended.
 
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jldarden | 5 andra recensioner | Oct 17, 2022 |

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Verk
12
Även av
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Medlemmar
8,038
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#3,015
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½ 3.6
Recensioner
266
ISBN
99
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