The Widower's Tale

The Widower's Tale

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By (author) Julia Glass

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  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 202mm x 28mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307456102
  • ISBN 13: 9780307456106
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 156,451

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Enjoying an active but lonely rural life, 70-year-old Percy allows a progressive preschool to move into his barn and transform his quiet home into a lively, youthful community that compels him to re-examine the choices he made after his wife's death.

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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.

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"Marvelous. . . . A delicate, nuanced, socially conscious story of one family's near-destruction, and how a slew of seemingly bad moves reconnects it." --"USA Today " "An enchanting story of familial bonds and late-life romance. Expect to be infatuated with Glass's protagonist ... he of generous soul, dry wit, and courtly manners." --"O, The Oprah Magazine " "Fans of "Three Junes "will find this fourth novel just as absorbing. It's like reading an involving letter from a long-lost friend." --"People " "This energized, good-humored novel . . . approaches the ties of kinship with the same joyfully disruptive spirit that animated [Glass's] previous books. . . . Satisfyingly cleareyed and compassionate."--"The New York Times Book Review " "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." --"Entertainment Weekly" "Glass continues her streak of lovely and thought-provoking novels. . . . Irresistible." --"The Denver Post " "Glass propels her characters through a world that is sometimes dire but also sweetly normal and often joyful. . . . Once again, she's proved to be a master of milieu, an old French word that means 'middle place'--the place in which all her characters, young and old, continue to engage with the world and where she, a novelist in mid-career, keeps refining their stories." --"The Washington Post Book World " "Beautifully sensitive. . . . "The Widower's Tale" is about the rub between old values and new times, and the importance of adapting. In the tradition of "Jane Eyre," it builds to a conflagration, a crisis that shakes everyone out of their complacency. But Glass quickly smothers the flames of catastrophe, for herk