June 5th, 2009
Julia Glass. If you enjoy and admire her works, please share your comments. If you don’t know her three novels, here are a few thoughts that might get you interested in reading this engaging author. If you want more details, ask; these few comments are meant to spark your interest and get you started on some enjoyable and thoughtful books. All her novels feature complex and interesting characters and the themes of love, joy, ties of family and friendship, grief and death. All are also notable for varied settings, beautifully detailed, including New York City as a central location in all three works.
Glass’ first novel, Three Junes, won the National Book Award for fiction in 2002. In this beautifully constructed novel, the lives of a Scottish family intersect with others over three summers spanning ten years. Greece, Scotland, and Greenwich Village are the physical settings for this story rich in characters, ideas, and emotions. Her second novel, The Whole World Over, features some characters from Three Junes and many new individuals, interacting in New York City before and after September 11, 2001. Chance and choice are also featured themes. I See You Everywhere is her most recent work. Featured are two sisters, Louisa and Clem, and their lives and choices over a span of 25 years, from 1980 to 2005. Some episodes in this novel are beautifully written and some are less satisfying, as the life journeys of the sisters, each struggling to find her way, are lovingly detailed.
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