The Widower's Tale (Google eBook)
In 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Glass creates a touching tale of intersecting ambitious lives. Although centered around an aging widower, individual chapters explore each character's aspirations which collide in a unique, yet appropriate and realistic manner. Set in the Boston/Harvard Square area added insights for this reader. J.P. Miller. Cambridge, MA