Three Junes: A novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 3, 2002 - Fiction - 368 pages
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An astonishing first novel that traces the lives of a Scottish family over a decade as they confront the joys and longings, fulfillments and betrayals of love in all its guises.

In June of 1989 Paul McLeod, a newspaper publisher and recent widower, travels to Greece, where he falls for a young American artist and reflects on the complicated truth about his marriage. . ..Six years later, again in June, Paul’s death draws his three grown sons and their families back to their ancestral home. Fenno, the eldest, a wry, introspective gay man, narrates the events of this unforeseen reunion. Far from his straitlaced expatriate life as a bookseller in Greenwich Village, Fenno is stunned by a series of revelations that threaten his carefully crafted defenses. . .. Four years farther on, in yet another June, a chance meeting on the Long Island shore brings Fenno together with Fern Olitsky, the artist who once captivated his father. Now pregnant, Fern must weigh her guilt about the past against her wishes for the future and decide what family means to her. In prose rich with compassion and wit, Three Junes paints a haunting portrait of love’s redemptive powers.


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User Review  - olevia - LibraryThing

Read this not long after it was published. While shopping in a local thrift shop a few months back, I found a copy of the book. Since I couldn't remember much of the story, I decided to read it again. Glad I did. Read full review

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User Review  - jjaylynny - LibraryThing

A reread for book club. I'd largely forgotten the details but have carried Fenno and Plume (and Mal) with me for many years. My best friend Karen and fantasize about having a store like Plume. The world of the MacLeods reminds me a bit of Kate Atkinson's Life After Life. Read full review

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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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