Three Junes

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Three Junes

Three Junes A luminous first novel set in Greece Scotland Greenwich Village and Long Island that traces the members of a Scottish family as they confront the joys and longings fulfillments and betrayals of

  • Title: Three Junes
  • Author: Julia Glass
  • ISBN: 9780385721424
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Paperback
  • A luminous first novel, set in Greece, Scotland, Greenwich Village, and Long Island, that traces the members of a Scottish family 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 theA luminous first novel, set in Greece, Scotland, Greenwich Village, and Long Island, that traces the members of a Scottish family 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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    1. Saleh MoonWalker on said:

      Onvan : Three Junes - Nevisande : Julia Glass - ISBN : 385721420 - ISBN13 : 9780385721424 - Dar 368 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2002

    2. Daniel on said:

      At times irony seems to have many levels; recently I saw the musical Altar Boyz and could not for the life of me figure out how multi-layered the irony was (a group of young guys poking fun at boy-band evangelization simultaneously evangelizing in a Godspell way). Dare I hope for irony in the NYT Book Review on the back cover of Three Junes? "TJ brilliantly rescues, then refurbishes, the traditional plot-driven novel" By "plot" don't we usually mean "stuff happens in a somewhat connected way?" W [...]

    3. Vicki on said:

      There are a lot of beautiful things about this book, but to be honest, it gets weighed down by the whiny primary character, Fenno, who has the longest section all to himself. He's angry, and we have no idea why. Very angry, and very self-righteous, and we have absolutely no idea. Yes, he's gay. One parent is okay with it, one parent isn't really, but doesn't get in Fenno's face about it. Fenno has exiled himself to NYC, and amidst countless witty observations about the differences between boiste [...]

    4. Fabian on said:

      Attempts to cohere titans of American & British Lit about family bonds (a-la USAs Jonathan Franzen, a-la UK's Zadie Smith) together with those about the AIDS epidemic/"gay lifestyles" (USA: Michael Cunningham, UK: Alan Hollinghurst)--but in my opinion fails miserably to rise to their level. (Their heights being absolutely unreachable anyway.) It's hefty. The award is not deserved; the Ian McEwan-like snobbish air of contemporary Euro-affluence never settles well with me. Ugh next!

    5. Kate on said:

      I'm tempted to give this book five stars, but it isn't my nature to gush and I think, based on her characterizations, that Julia Glass would understand my reticence to love without any reservations. But _Three Junes_ captured me and I hereby recommend it to you. When I finished this novel, a long journey of imaginary characters across hundreds of pages, I felt at once connected to the world and affirmed in my humanity. Life is imperfect and we love anyway. As best we can.

    6. Trish on said:

      This book is not at ALL, what I expected. From the cover I was expecting another typical book club, chick-light book about three women named June.le did I know. I loved this book because it was complex and seemed very "real" life. Nothing was nice and tidy and that's my kind of world.

    7. Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy on said:

      I'm so glad I'm done! The book was split into 3 parts, with a single character related in some way to the other characters in the other 2 parts. In the first part of the book, it was slow to get going. Then it reached an even kind of level Part 2 was probably the best part of the book with the obvious relationship to part 1. Part 3 was boring and probably not the character you're going to expect. I thought it would never end. I know anyone who reads this is going to expect in part 3 that it will [...]

    8. Sharyl on said:

      Three Junes, by Julia Glass, has been hanging around on my bookshelves for quite some time. Yes, that's shelves, plural, since it's been around for at least two rearrangements. Glass won the 2002 National Book Award for this novel, and surprise-surprise, I loved it. The Junes in the title refer to three different months, different times in the life of the McCleod family, but it's not exactly chronological--there are many flashbacks woven throughout the book, which is perfectly paced. The father [...]

    9. Connie on said:

      Julia Glass' debut novel is an intricately written multigenerational story about a Scottish family and their friends. It is a triptych with the sections set in the month of June in the years 1989, 1995, and 1999.The father, Paul McLeod, is on a tour of Greece in 1989. He's remembering his marriage to his recently deceased wife whose passion was raising dogs. Paul becomes friends with an American artist, Fern, during the vacation.Paul's son, Fenno, narrates the second and longest part of the nove [...]

    10. Michelle on said:

      Although different from my expectations, I enjoyed this book a lot for its character explorations, unique structure, and descriptive writing. Broken into three parts, the first section is a third-person narrative from the perspective of the Scottish father, reflecting on his wife's death and his three sons. The second part is first-person narrative in the voice of the oldest son Fenno. This section is surprising in so far as Fenno can be overly rigid, often unexplainably angry, and you desperate [...]

    11. Lena on said:

      This novel begins in June of 1989. Scotsman Paul McLeod is vacationing in Greece, his first trip since the death of his wife six months earlier. While traveling the islands, his attention is drawn to a young American artist. As his interest in her grows, he reflects back over the course of his marriage - its beginnings, its never-resolved uncertainties, and its untimely ending.Six years later, June of 1995 finds Paul's son Fenno returning to Scotland from his expat life in New York for his fathe [...]

    12. Neil Litt on said:

      This is an odd book. The first and third of the three sections are anchored by a woman named Fern who is a catalyst for critical transitions for different members of a Scottish family who she meets many years apart, in Greece (the early section) and the Hamptons (in the later section). She has no awareness that the people she is meeting are related to each other. The family themselves are the subject of the long middle section, which is a first-person account by the gay (favorite) son of the man [...]

    13. Barbara Klaser on said:

      This is one of those stories that I suspect will stay with me, but this time it's partly because of so many unanswered questions and in a sense longings I had for the characters that never quite panned out. But perhaps that's the point. Three Junes is told from three different points of view in different time periods - with lots of flashbacks from the characters' memories. The three point-of-view characters are an older, recently-widowed man, Paul McLeod, his oldest son Fenno, who is gay, and a [...]

    14. Kalen on said:

      So much fun to discover a book and author you'd never heard of. I won this book at our Booktopia Yankee Swap and it was completely new to me. Started reading on the plane ride home and had a hard time putting it down the rest of the week. Each of the three sections of this novel could stand alone as its own novella (in fact, the first part was original published this way.) I love linked stories where characters have connections that they never know about but the reader does. Fenno is a fantastic [...]

    15. Dawn on said:

      Three Junes is a novel following, for the most part, a Scottish gay man in New York. He is rather personality-less, with a penchant for being on his own. Most of his aloneness hinges on his fears of relying on someone else and the current AIDS scares (this is set in the late 1980s). The book is separated into three parts, starting out from the point of view of his father. It goes back and forth between different times with his wife and children, and the "present" time after his wife's death on a [...]

    16. Floramanda on said:

      One of the things that I love about being in a book club is that it pushes me out of my reading comfort-zone. I have read so many things that I normally would not have picked up on my own. Sometimes I'm disappointed, but still look forward to the conversation. Sometimes I find a jewel that has a gift for me that relates to where I am at that moment in time. Three Junes was, surprisingly, a gift.I've read some interviews with Julia Glass where she discusses the book being about love and loss, and [...]

    17. David Lentz on said:

      The equation of a true artist, per Glass, is as a "proud pilot of an improvised life." (Page 277) Glass can really write: that is, her style is elegantly crafted and a joy to read. She reminds me a bit of Michael Cunningham with her rich syntax and sonorus, articulate style as well as her themes and the descriptions of characters and places. I picked up this novel because it won a National Book Award and my wife adored it. I like the way that Glass moves effortlessly among disparate settings to [...]

    18. Stacy on said:

      I liked Paul very much, but wasn’t really drawn into his story. There wasn’t enough going on for me. I loved the middle section told from Fenno’s perspective. He wasn’t the most likeable character ever, but I thought the storyline was great. The third section completely lost me. I didn’t get it. Fern was not nearly compelling enough for her own section. I know it brought everything full circle, but it wasn’t enough for me.The book was a mixed bag. I liked the writing and the family d [...]

    19. Sally on said:

      LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Interlocking stories that weave back and forth through time, across the Atlantic up to Scotland and down to the Adriatic and over to Manhattan. Spans the course of the life of a mother, her husband, their three sons, those sons' marriages and children, plus many other not-so-minor players.Beautiful language, scenery, dialogue, character development. Best of 2011, or at least the last, freshest, and most vivid in my memory. READ this.

    20. Cara Lee on said:

      Julia Glass is a superb writer, and my mind sank into her luxurious words the way my body might sink into a thick quilt or warm beach sand. I enjoy stories in which characters' lives interconnect in ways that the characters themselves can't see, and stories that show us how often we think we know someone well when we really don't. I was particularly drawn to the main story of Fenno, the intellectual, emotionally disconnected, ever-yearning gay man who takes us deep into a life that smashes stere [...]

    21. megan on said:

      I really enjoyed this book--it was both an easy read but also full of substance that resonated well with me. I think it was especially interseting reading this book in the context that I read Julia Glass' second book The Whole World Over beforehand and also really enjoyed it--but some of the characters make cross over appearances. One of the most enchanting aspects of the book was what the author did not write. She never really delves into long diatribes of "who loves who, who has scorned who, a [...]

    22. Carol on said:

      I found it full of superfluous ramblings that had nothing to do with the story and caused my mind to stray so that when it came back to some relevant point, my mind was no longer engaged. It was so frustrating to keep having to go back to figure out what mattered and what didn't matter. The author is a good writer but not a great writer. Every time the story would get even remotely interesting, the author would stop in her tracks and switch to a different time or character. This choppy writing s [...]

    23. Emma Spadoni on said:

      Julia Glass wrote the book Three Junes for mature adults, to show complications in life. This book was written in third and first person, alternating characters in a series of three books. The protagonist in the first book, titled Collies and takes place in 1989 in Greece and Scotland, is Paul McLeod but there is no true antagonist. The protagonist in the second book, titled Upright and takes place in 1995 in America and Scotland, is Paul’s son, Fenno. The antagonist would be the disease AIDS. [...]

    24. Katie on said:

      I picked this book up at the library because I thought I recognized the title. It turned out to be pretty different from what I thought it was going to be, but a very interesting read about the ways love plays out among family and friends. It honestly portrays love as very complicated, making clear that those we love are often people we may not like at certain times. Also interesting and unusual for me to read, was one of the main story lines followed the life of a homosexual man. I'm not sure w [...]

    25. Emily on said:

      Sometimes extraordinary books are about extraordinary things, and sometimes they are about regular people. This is an extraordinary book about one Scottish family, a normal family, if, of course, there is actually any such thing as normal, and assuming normal includes a little bit of human mystery and tragedy. Three Junes starts with the death of the mother of the family, and explores the stories of her husband, her three sons, (two married in Britain, one in New York during the AIDs crisis of t [...]

    26. Debbie Robson on said:

      I could not put this book down! There I’ve said it and its been a while since I have. I even missed doing my own writing but the time reading this book wasn’t wasted. In fact this last week I’ve been taking lessons on characterisation from Julia Glass. I can’t remember the last time I read about characters so vividly portrayed. I think that is the main reason I just couldn’t stop reading Three Junes. And I must add, the unusual construction kept me intrigued. Three Junes is in three pa [...]

    27. Wendy on said:

      one of the very few books i picked up and put down never to read. maybe i will give it another try but it was so slow at the beginning i always fell asleep.

    28. Cherie on said:

      In one book, divided into three stories told from three POVs, this author has tugged and sometimes badgered at just about every emotion I am capable of sustaining while reading. Just about - because I didn't cry, but I was close. This book is charged with emotion, both subtle and slap you in the face. Questions have not really been answered, but shadows of answers are there, I can confirm. I am satisfied. At the end, I am happy today. Last night, when I put the book down to try to go to sleep, I [...]

    29. Susan Kietzman on said:

      I realize I give a lot of books a four star rating. There are two reasons for this, I think. One is that I try to read books by authors who write well. And two is that a five star rating is simply rare - the book has to be just shy of perfect. Three Junes by Julia Glass is, like many of the books I give a four-star rating to, masterfully written. Her vocabulary and language sense are laudatory. And the characters are deeply drawn. But there is a universal cleverness to the book that, for me, was [...]

    30. Sherry Donahue on said:

      I was expecting this novel to be a romance/ chick-lit type book from the title and cover, but it was actually a nice surprise, it was about a family. The book has several vignettes over time and a minor character in one vignette becomes the main character in the next. It was a clever way to tell the story and it was a nice, fast read.

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