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Review: The Widower's TaleEditorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Norah Piehl
Julia Glass is no stranger to the male narrative voice. In her debut novel, THREE JUNES, she made the bold (and unusual) choice to write from the point of view of two different prominent male characters. Now, in her fourth novel, Glass once again explores family dynamics, political action and social class through the lens of a fascinating assortment of male characters of strikingly different ... Read full review
The Widower's TaleUser Review - Book Verdict
At 70, retired Harvard librarian Percy Darling has turned into a bit of a crank. The gentrification of his quaint New England village and the technological shift in libraries are among his many gripes. The latest assault on Percy's peace and contentment is the presence of a day care he has allowed his daughter to build on his historic property. Multistranded plotlines intersect and connect the others who orbit Percy's world: single mother Sarah, with whom Percy forms an attachment after years of self-imposed monkhood; Percy's daughters Trudy, a renowned breast cancer consultant, and Clover, suffering through a messy custody dispute; his grandson, Robert, whose friends are involved in underground environmental activism; Celestino, a Guatemalan gardener with immigration problems; and Ira, a gay day care worker who had been falsely accused of improper conduct at his previous school. VERDICT As she has done so compellingly in earlier novels (e.g., Three Junes), Glass brings together familiar themes, sympathetic characters, and multiple story lines in a harmonious mashup that is sure to enchant her many fans. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/10.]—Barbara Love, Kingston Frontenac P.L., Ont.