The Widower's Tale

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 7, 2010 - Fiction - 448 pages
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Seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling happily into retirement: reading novels, watching old movies, and swimming naked in his pond. But his routines are disrupted 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. With equal parts affection and humor, Julia Glass spins a captivating tale about a man who can no longer remain aloof from his community, his two grown daughters, or—to his great shock—the precarious joy of falling in love.

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User Review  - jack2410 - LibraryThing

Lots of things going on. Lots of people I could easily relate to. How's it going to turn out for Percy and for the others in the story? I love Percy's educated diction. Read full review

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User Review  - tjsjohanna - LibraryThing

At some point I began listening to this book, but coming back to it to read, I found the story rich - from Percy, main character, to Celestino, a minor supporting character, each has to confront the complacency in their lives and accept a more realistic view. Lovely. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

JULIA GLASS is the author of the best-selling Three Junes, winner of the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction; her previous novels include, most recently, And the Dark Sacred Night and The Widower's Tale. A teacher of fiction and a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Glass lives with her family in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

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