Three Junes Author:Julia Glass 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,... more » 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.« less
Is a plot driven story- most stories written (and read today) are character driven. As a result, it seems slow- however I did like how each characters lives and the timeline is wound together in an unexpected way.
The author depicts the mysterious twists of fate and coincidences that bring people together and the self-doubts and lack of communication that can keep them apart. This novel reads almost like a travelogue, full of detailed descriptions of three of my favorite places, Greece, Scotland, and Greenwich Village New York,---maybe thats way I enjoyed it so much! This book is written in three parts, each narrated with a different point of view, but nobody named "June!" Great for book clubs.
This book is set in Greece, Scotland, Greenwich Village and Long Island. It traces the members of a Scottish family as they confront the joys and betrayals of love. It is a selection of Good Morning America's "Read This!" book club and is a National Book Award Winner. I enjoyed this book very much. It's a good read.
Some books are so good that you can't put them down. This book was not one of them. I made it through the first chapter, hoping it would get better. I was disappointed. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Don't waste your time.
The story takes place over varied places (New York, Greece and Scotland) and involves
family members over time and much about the love and longings. Glass does a nice job
of engaging the reader I think. Enjoyable!
"Three Junes" was one of the best books I've read lately. I'm always impressed when authors can develop sympathetic and realistic characters. The characters in Glass' book will stay with me for a long time.
This unusual story stayed with me long after I had finished it. In fact, as soon as I finished I wanted to start all over again so these people would not disappear from my life.
It is an unusual love story as well as a "coming to terms with my life" story. It takes place in Scotland, Greece, and New York City's East Village. It is populated by thoughtful, intelligent characters who don't always know why they do what they do, but continue with it nevertheless.
Finally, finally I picked this book up and read it, probably because it won the 2002 National Book Award and I needed an award winning book for one of my challenges. I read the second book in the series first and qutie liked it. Just have to get to the last one which is in my TBR pile.
I felt the first portion of Junes was a bit slow but as I read along it caught me. I throughly liked the section about Fenno's father, Paul McLeod, who loses his wife Maureen. Understand that this is an ongoing tale about a multigenerational Scottish family and their friends. It has three sections from the years of 1989, 1995, and 1999. The title stems from the fact that all threes sections occur during the month of June. Another character, Fern, plays an integral role in the plot. The reader also meets the three sons of Paul and Maureen. Fenno, the oldest, is gay and struggles with the reactions of family and friends whose opinions he cherishes. The reader discovers the emotions among the brothers laced with love, misunderstanding, and sometimes conflict. All in all the story is a good characterization of a family struggling with identity and the challenges of life. I liked it.
I found it a little difficult to get into this book but am very happy I stuck with it. It's a character study of 3 people whose lives are intertwined. The book is very well written. The settings include Greece, Scotland and New York City. I'll be looking for other books by this author.
This book was difficult to get through, but was a very interesting look into family relationships and how different members of the same family can have completely different perspectives of situations/other family members.