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.
Amazon: Three Junes
Amazon Kindle: Three Junes
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor (April 22, 2003)
The Author: Julia Glass (born March 23, 1956) is an American novelist. Her debut novel, Three Junes, won the National Book Award in 2002. Glass followed this with a second novel, The Whole World Over, in 2006, which was also set in the Bank Street, Greenwich Village universe with three interwoven stories featuring several characters from Three Junes. Her third novel, I See You Everywhere, was published in 2008, and her fourth, The Widower’s Tale, was published in 2010.
Glass was born in Boston, grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and attended Concord Academy. She graduated from Yale in 1978. Intending to become a painter, she moved to New York City, where she lived for many years, painting in a small studio in Brooklyn and supporting herself as a free-lance editor and copy editor, including several years in the copy department of Cosmopolitan magazine. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with her partner, the photographer Dennis Cowley, and their two children, and works as a freelance journalist and editor. She is a previous winner of the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Glass)
Top Gay Novels List (*)
First Decade (2000-2009): http://www.elisarolle.com/ramblings/top_
Second Decade (2010-2019): http://www.elisarolle.com/ramblings/top_
*only one title per author, only print books released after January 1, 2000.
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