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The artful construction of this seductive novel and the mature, compassionate wisdom permeating it would be impressive for a seasoned writer, but it's all the more remarkable in a debut. This narrative of the McLeod family during three vital summers is rich with implications about the bonds and stresses of kin and friendship, the ache of loneliness and the cautious tendrils of renewal blossoming in unexpected ways. Glass depicts the mysterious twists of fate and cosmic (but unobtrusive) coincidences that bring people together, and the self-doubts and lack of communication that can keep them apart, in three fluidly connected sections in which characters interact over a decade. These people are entirely at home in their beautifully detailed settings Greece, rural Scotland, Greenwich Village and the Hamptons and are fully dimensional in their moments of both frailty and grace. Paul McLeod, the reticent Scots widower introduced in the first section, is the father of Fenno, the central character of the middle section, who is a reserved, self-protective gay bookstore owner in Manhattan; both have dealings with the third section's searching young artist, Fern Olitsky, whose guilt in the wake of her husband's death leaves her longing for and fearful of beginning anew. Other characters are memorably individualistic: an acerbic music critic dying of AIDS, Fenno's emotionally elusive mother, his sibling twins and their wives, and his insouciant lover among them. In this dazzling portrait of family life, Glass establishes her literary credentials with ingenuity and panache. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This strong and memorable debut novel draws the reader deeply into the lives of several central characters during three separate Junes spanning ten years. At the story's onset, Scotsman Paul McLeod, the father of three grown sons, is newly widowed and on a group tour of the Greek islands as he reminisces about how he met and married his deceased wife and created their family. Next, in the book's longest section, we see the world through the eyes of Paul's eldest son, Fenno, a gay man transplanted to New York City and owner of a small bookstore, who learns lessons about love and loss that allow him to grow in unexpected ways. And finally there is Fern, an artist and book designer whom Paul met on his trip to Greece several years earlier. She is now a young widow, pregnant and also living in New York City, who must make sense of her own past and present to be able to move forward in her life. In this novel, expectations and revelations collide in startling ways. Alternately joyful and sad, this exploration of modern relationships and the families people both inherit or create for themselves is highly recommended for all fiction collections. Maureen Neville, Trenton P.L., NJ
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Likeable, descriptive, interesting characters and the dynamics between them.
There was too much back and forth in time and character. Read more
I put off reading the last four pages for a few hours just to hold on to it a bit longer, but when I finished, I was smiling.
Everyone has different tastes as readers. I personally feel "THE THREE JUNES" is excellent but I can see where it is not everyone's taste. What is? Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2005 by Adrienne Moss
Everyone has different tastes as readers. I personally feel "THE THREE JUNES" is excellent but I can see where it is not everyone's taste. What is? Read morePublished on May 25 2005 by Adrienne Moss
Everyone has different tastes as readers. I personally feel "THE THREE JUNES" is excellent but I can see where it is not everyone's taste. What is? Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2005 by Adrienne Moss
This book is probably in the Top 10 reading experiences of my whole life. This is a deceptively simple book, which could be dismissed by those who claim that 'nothing ever happens'... Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2005 by Starkweather,
Cleary the best novel to come out in decades, THREE JUNES is a linearly constructed three novella whose centre and emotional core lies clearly in the middle story. Read morePublished on July 28 2004
This book was beautifully written, except I felt I was deceived from the beginning. When you read the book from the front cover, back cover, even inside the book with numerous... Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by cywu73
This amazing tale is unusual on several levels. First, the form of the book: it reads like three novellas as the book is in three distinct sections, each with its own point of... Read morePublished on June 18 2004