Three Junes

Author: Julia Glass
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781409036777
Release Date: 2008-12-05
Genre: Fiction

In this captivating debut novel, Julia Glass depicts the life and loves of the McLeod family during three crucial summers spanning a decade. Paul McLeod, patriarch of a Scottish family and a retired newspaper editor and proprietor, is on a package tour of Greece after the death of his wife. The story of his departure from the family home in Scotland and late gesture towards some sort of freedom gives way to his eldest son's life (Fenno). Fenno protects his heart by putting himself under emotional quarantine throughout his life as a young gay man in Manhattan. When he returns home for his father's funeral, this emotional isolation cannot be sustained when he is confronted by a choice that puts him at the centre of his family and its future. Three Junes is a novel about how we live and how family ties (those that we make as well as those that we are born into) can offer redemption and joy.

A Study Guide for Julia Glass s Three Junes

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781410360496
Release Date: 2016-07-12
Genre: Literary Criticism

A Study Guide for Julia Glass's "Three Junes," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Die tausend Herbste des Jacob de Zoet

Author: David Mitchell
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 9783644044715
Release Date: 2014-06-02
Genre: Fiction

«Ein Schmöker für das 21. Jahrhundert» (DIE WELT) – vom Autor des Weltbestsellers Der Wolkenatlas Ein junger holländischer Kaufmann kommt 1799 nach Dejima, dem einzigen europäischen Handelsposten im hermetisch abgeriegelten Japan. Auf der von Geschäftemachern und zwielichtigen Gestalten bevölkerten künstlichen Insel hofft er, sein Glück zu machen. Durch die Liebe zu einer Japanerin eröffnet sich Jacob de Zoet unversehens eine geheimnisvolle Welt und zeigt ihre Schönheiten. Doch das fremde Land hält auch Schrecken bereit, Verrat, Intrige und Mord ... «David Mitchell gehört zu den besten englischen Romanautoren der Gegenwart.» (Die Zeit) «David Mitchell legt hier seinen bislang mitreißendsten Roman vor ... Ein berührender Schluss unterstreicht seine Meisterschaft nicht nur in Sachen literarisches Feuerwerk, sondern auch in den leiseren Künsten der Einfühlung und des traditionellen Erzählens.» (The New York Times) «Ein literarischer Reisetraum und eine sprachliche Orgie.» (Der Spiegel) «Eine prächtige historische Wunderkammer.» (die tageszeitung)

Die Bienenh terin

Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Publisher: btb Verlag
ISBN: 9783641024734
Release Date: 2009-03-11
Genre: Fiction

Lilys Mutter ist vor zehn Jahren umgekommen. Ihr Vater herrscht wie ein grausamer Rachegott über die inzwischen 14-jährige. Eines Tages flieht Lily aus der bedrückenden Atmosphäre ihres Elternhauses, wandert über die staubigen Straßen der Südstaaten, um ein neues Zuhause zu finden. Sie begegnet wunderbaren Menschen, rettet mit Mut und Klugheit ein Leben und findet bei drei Frauen Unterschlupf, die, wie im Märchen, in großer Eintracht zusammenwohnen. Die drei Schwestern geben dem Mädchen alles, was es braucht: Liebe, Halt, und Geborgenheit. Sie nehmen Lily in ihre Familie auf und weihen sie in die Geheimnisse weiblichen Wissens ein. Lily lernt alles über die Bienenzucht. Sie erfährt, wer ihre Mutter, die sie so schmerzlich vermisst, wirklich war, und sie verliebt sich. Doch eines Tages steht ihr Vater am Gartentor ...

I See You Everywhere

Author: Julia Glass
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781409065661
Release Date: 2009-07-28
Genre: Fiction

Louisa and Clem: two sisters who love each other more the further they move apart Louisa is the elder one, the conscientious student, precise and careful, who yearns for a good marriage, a career, a family. Clem, the archetypal younger sibling, is the rebel: uncontainable, iconoclastic, committed to her work but not to the men who fall for her. Alternating between their voices, I See You Everywhere opens when the sisters are in their early twenties and unfolds through their lives in a vivid, heart-rending story of what we can and cannot do for those we love. Their complex bond, Louisa observes, is 'like a double helix, two souls coiling around a common axis, joined yet never touching.' Alive with the same sensual detail and riveting characterization that marks Julia Glass's previous novels, I See You Everywhere is a powerful and moving double portrait that reveals the very nature of sisterhood.

Der Report der Magd

Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 9783492970594
Release Date: 2017-04-03
Genre: Fiction

Die provozierende Vision eines totalitären Staats, in dem Frauen keine Rechte haben: Die Dienerin Desfred besitzt etwas, was ihr alle Machthaber, Wächter und Spione nicht nehmen können, nämlich ihre Hoffnung auf ein Entkommen, auf Liebe, auf Leben ... Margaret Atwoods »Report der Magd« wurde zum Kultbuch einer ganzen Generation und von Volker Schlöndorff unter dem Titel »Die Geschichte der Dienerin« verfilmt.

A House Among the Trees

Author: Julia Glass
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 9781101870372
Release Date: 2017-06-13
Genre: Fiction

In Julia Glass's fifth book since her acclaimed novel Three Junes won the National Book Award, she gives us the story of an unusual bond between a world-famous writer and his assistant—a richly plotted novel of friendship and love, artistic ambition, the perils of celebrity, and the power of an unexpected legacy. When the revered children's book author Mort Lear dies accidentally at his Connecticut home, he leaves his property and all its contents to his trusted assistant, Tomasina Daulair, who is moved by his generosity but dismayed by the complicated and defiant directives in his will. Tommy knew Morty for more than four decades, since meeting him in a Manhattan playground when she was twelve and he was working on sketches for the book that would make him a star. By the end of his increasingly reclusive life, she found herself living in his house as confidante and helpmeet, witness not just to his daily routines but to the emotional fallout of his strange boyhood and his volatile relationship with a lover who died of AIDS. Now Tommy must try to honor Morty's last wishes while grappling with their effects on several people, including Dani Daulair, her estranged brother; Meredith Galarza, the lonely, outraged museum curator to whom Lear once promised his artistic estate; and Nicholas Greene, the beguiling British actor cast to play Mort Lear in a movie. When the actor arrives for the visit he had previously arranged with the man he is to portray, he and Tommy are compelled to look more closely at Morty's past and the consequences of the choices they now face, both separately and together. Morty, as it turns out, made a confession to Greene that undermines much of what Tommy believed she knew about her boss—and about herself. As she contemplates a future without him, her unlikely alliance with Greene—and the loyalty they share toward the man whose legacy they hold in their hands—will lead to surprising upheavals in their wider relationships, their careers, and even their search for love.

The Whole World Over

Author: Julia Glass
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781409064824
Release Date: 2009-07-28
Genre: Fiction

Greenie Duquette lavishes most of her passionate energy on her Greenwich Village bakery and her four-year-old son, George. Her husband, Alan, seems to have fallen into a midlife depression, while Walter, her closest professional ally, is nursing a broken heart. It is at Walter's restaurant that the visiting governor of New Mexico tastes Greenie's coconut cake and decides to woo her away from the city to be his chef. For reasons both ambitious and desperate, she accepts - and finds herself heading west without her husband. This impulsive decision, along with events beyond Greenie's control, will change the course of several lives around her. The Whole World Over is a vividly human tale of longing and loss, folly and forgiveness, revealing the subtle mechanisms behind our most important, and often most fragile, connections to others.

Reading Style

Author: Jenny Davidson
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231537407
Release Date: 2014-06-24
Genre: Literary Criticism

A professor, critic, and insatiable reader, Jenny Davidson investigates the passions that drive us to fall in love with certain sentences over others and the larger implications of our relationship with writing style. At once playful and serious, immersive and analytic, her memoir/critique shows how style elicits particular kinds of moral judgments and subjective preferences, which turn reading into a highly personal and political act. Melding her experiences as reader and critic, Davidson opens new vistas onto works by Jane Austen, Henry James, Marcel Proust, and Thomas Pynchon; adds richer dimension to critiques of W. G. Sebald, Alan Hollinghurst, Thomas Bernhard, and Karl Ove Knausgaard; and allows for a sophisticated appreciation of popular fictions by Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lionel Shriver, George Pelecanos, and Helen DeWitt. She privileges diction, syntax, point of view, and structure over plot and character, identifying the intimate mechanics that draw us in to literature's sensual frameworks and move us to feel, identify, and relate. Davidson concludes with a reading list of her favorite titles so others can share in her literary adventures and get to know better the imprint of her own reading style.

Lillian on Life

Author: Alison Jean Lester
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698152656
Release Date: 2015-01-13
Genre: Fiction

"I absolutely loved Lillian on Life." —Kate Atkinson "I found it full of life and full of wisdom.” —Erica Jong Smart, poignant, funny, and totally original, Lillian on Life is as fresh and surprising as fiction gets. This is the story of Lillian, a single woman reflecting on her choices and imagining her future. Born in the Midwest in the 1930s; Lillian lives, loves, and works in Europe in the fifties and early sixties; she settles in New York and pursues the great love of her life in the sixties and seventies. Now it’s the early nineties, and she’s taking stock. Throughout her life, walking the unpaved road between traditional and modern choices for women, Lillian grapples with parental disappointment and societal expectations, wins and loses in love, and develops her own brand of wisdom. Lillian on Life lifts the skin off the beautiful, stylish product of an era to reveal the confused, hot-blooded woman underneath. From the Hardcover edition.