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    DescriptionIn a historic farmhouse outside Boston, seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling happily into retirement: reading novels, watching old movies, and swimming naked in his pond. His routines are disrupted, however, when he is persuaded to let a locally beloved preschool take over his barn. As Percy sees his rural refuge overrun by children, parents, and teachers, he must reexamine the solitary life he has made in the three decades since the sudden death of his wife. No longer can he remain aloof from his community, his two grown daughters, or, to his shock, the precarious joy of falling in love. One relationship Percy treasures is the bond with his oldest grandchild, Robert, a premed student at Harvard. Robert has long assumed he will follow in the footsteps of his mother, a prominent physician, but he begins to question his ambitions when confronted by a charismatic roommate who preaches--and begins to practice--an extreme form of ecological activism, targeting Boston's most affluent suburbs. Meanwhile, two other men become fatefully involved with Percy and Robert: Ira, a gay teacher at the preschool, and Celestino, a Guatemalan gardener who works for Percy's neighbor, each one striving to overcome a sense of personal exile. Choices made by all four men, as well as by the women around them, collide forcefully on one lovely spring evening, upending everyone's lives, but none more radically than Percy's. With equal parts affection and satire, Julia Glass spins a captivating tale about the loyalties, rivalries, and secrets of a very particular family. Yet again, she plumbs the human heart brilliantly, dramatically, and movingly.


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    Title
    The Widower's Tale
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Julia Glass
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 167 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 726 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307377920
    ISBN 10: 030737792X
    Classifications

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    B&T General Subject: 360
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    LC classification: PS3607.L37 W56 2010
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    07 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Julia Glass is the author of "Three Junes, " winner of the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction;" The Whole World Over; "and "I See You Everywhere, " winner of the 2009 Binghamton University John Gardner Book Award. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her short fiction has won several prizes, and her personal essays have been widely anthologized. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.
    Review quote
    Praise for "The Widower's Tale" "A satisfyingly cleareyed and compassionate view of American entitlement and its fallout. . . The family is society's most inescapable institution, but in Glass's hands it's also the most shifting and vulnerable. And in "The Widower's Tale "she approaches the ties of kinship with the same joyfully disruptive spirit that animated her previous books." --Maria Russo, "The New York Times Book Review" "An enchanting story of familial bonds and late-life romance. Expect to be infatuated with Glass's protagonist, 70-year-old Percy Darling, he of generous soul, dry wit, and courtly manners." --"Oprah " "Glass effortlessly ping-pongs between three dramas to show how everyday love and lies can make--or completely destroy--a life. This one's perfect for when you've got the night all to yourself and want to keep thinking long after the last page is turned." --"Redbook " "Tremendously engaging . . . It's a large, endearing cast, bursting with emotional and social issues, and Glass slips effortlessly between their individual and enmeshed dramas. As she well proved in her National Book Award-winning "Three Junes," Glass crafts dense and absorbing reads that are as charming as they are provocative." --Karen Valby, "Entertainment Weekly" "Both funny and heartbreaking, [Glass's] fourth novel will eave readers examining their own choices and priorities . . . One of the most remarkable aspects of Glass's novel is that she writes convincingly from multiple points of view, classes and stations in life." --"Bookpage " "Alluring descriptions, along with discerning characters, intricate plot lines, and the tackling of several complex issues offers an empathetic yet lively read." --"New York Journal of Books" "Glass spins a beautifully paced, keenly observed story in which certainties give way to surprising reversals of fortune . . . Glass handles coalescing plot elements with astute i