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July's Author of the Month: JULIA GLASS

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jul 05, 2017 at 7:36pm

Born in 1956, Julia Glass studied painting in Paris before working as a copy editor in New York. But she didn't begin to devote herself to fiction writing until her late 30s, following a series of devastating events in her private life: her first marriage ended, she discovered she had breast cancer and, soon after that, her younger sister committed suicide. Reeling from these misfortunes, Glass poured the emotions from these troubling times into her debut novel, Three Junes, which won the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction and established her as a sensitive chronicler of modern times.

Her sixth book of fiction, A House Among the Trees, is the story of an unusual bond between a revered children’s book author, Mort Lear, and his assistant, Tomasina Daulair.

When Mort dies accidentally at his Connecticut home, he leaves his property and all its contents to Tomasina Daulair, who is moved by his generosity but dismayed by the complicated directives in his will. They have known each other for more than four decades, and by the end of his increasingly reclusive life, Tomasina found herself living in his house as confidante and helpmate, witness not just to his daily routines but to the emotional fallout of his strange boyhood. Now Tomasina must try to honour Mort's last wishes while grappling with their effects.

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A House Among the Trees

- Hardcover

by Julia Glass - $36.95 - Add to Cart

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.

And the Dark Sacred Night

- Trade paperback

by Julia Glass - $18.95 - Add to Cart

Kit Noonan is an unemployed art historian with twins to support, a mortgage to pay, and a frustrated wife who insists that, to move forward, Kit must first confront a crucial mystery about his past. Born to a single teenage mother, he has never known the identity of his biological father.  Kit's search begins with his onetime stepfather, Jasper, a take-no-prisoners Vermont outdoorsman, and ultimately leads him to Fenno McLeod, the beloved protagonist of Glass's award-winning novel Three Junes. Immersing readers in a panorama that stretches from Vermont to the tip of Cape Cod, And the Dark Sacred Night is an unforgettable novel about the youthful choices that steer our destinies, the necessity of forgiveness, and the risks we take when we face down the shadows of our past.

The Widower's Tale

- Trade paperback

by Julia Glass - $22.95 - Add to Cart

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.