A Good Morning
America "Read This" selection, Three Junes is a vividly textured
symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful
summers in the lives of a Scottish family. In June 1989, Paul McLeod,
the recently widowed patriarch, becomes infatuated with a young American
artist while traveling through Greece, and is compelled to relive the
secret sorrows of his marriage. Six years later, Paul's death reunites
his sons at Tealing, their idyllic childhood home, where Fenno, the eldest,
faces a choice that puts him at the center of his family's future. A lovable,
slightly repressed gay man, Fenno leads the life of an aloof expatriate
in the West Village, running a shop filled with books and birdwatching
gear. He believes himself safe from all emotional entanglements - until
a worldly neighbor presents him with an extraordinary gift and a seductive
photographer makes him an unwitting subject. Each man draws Fenno into
territories of the heart he has never braved before, leading him toward
an almost unbearable loss that will reveal to him the nature of love.
Love in its limitless forms - between husband and wife, between lovers,
between people and animals, between parents and children - is the force
that moves these characters' lives, which collide again, in yet another
June, over a Long Island dinner table. This time it is Fenno who meets
and captivates Fern, the same woman who captivated his father in Greece
ten years before. Now pregnant with a son of her own, Fern, like Fenno
and Paul before him, must make peace with her past to embrace her future.
Elegantly detailed yet full of emotional suspense, often as comic as it
is sad, Three Junes is a glorious triptych about how we learn to live,
and live fully, beyond incurable grief and betrayals of the heart - how
family ties, both those we're born into and those we make, can offer us
redemption and joy.
is available in print from Pantheon Books.
©2002 by Julia Glass; (P)2002 by Random House Audio
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