I See You Everywhere
By Julia Glass
(Pantheon, Hardcover, 9780375422751, 304pp.)
Publication Date: October 14, 2008
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From the author of the best-selling Three Junes comes an intimate new work of fiction: a tale of two sisters, together and apart, told in their alternating voices over twenty-five years.
Louisa Jardine is the older one, the conscientious student, precise and careful: the one who years for a good marriage, an artistic career, a family. Clem, the archetypal youngest, is the rebel: uncontainable, iconoclastic, committed to her work but not to the men who fall for her daring nature. Louisa resents that the charismatic Clem has always been the favorite; yet as Clem puts it, “On the other side of the fence–mine–every expectation you fulfill . . . puts you one stop closer to that Grand Canyon rim from which you could one day rule the world–or plummet in very grand style.”
In this vivid, heartrending story of what we can and cannot do for those we love, the sisters grow closer as they move farther apart. Louis settles in New York while Clem, a wildlife biologist, moves restlessly about until she lands in the Rocky Mountains. Their complex bond, Louisa observes, is “like a double helix, two souls coiling around a common axis, joined yet never touching.”
Alive with all the sensual detail and riveting characterization that mark Glass’s previous work, I See You Everywhere is a piercingly candid story of life and death, companionship and sorrow, and the nature of sisterhood itself.
Julia Glass is the author of Three Junes, which won the National Book Award for Fiction, and The Whole World Over. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her short fiction has won several prizes, including the Tobias Wolff Award and the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Medal for the Best Novella. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.
1. I See You Everywhere focuses on the relationship of Louisa and Clement Jardine. Describe each sister's character. How are they like and unlike each other-also, like and unlike their parents? What do their attitudes toward work, love, and family have in common? How do they differ?
Praise for The Whole World Over
“[Glass’s] second novel is even finer than her first . . . [Her] characters are enticingly complex, their predicaments are provocative and significant . . . Her love for animals, feel for landscape, and ardor for language itself feed the freshness, sensuousness, and compassion that make this such a nourishing and pleasurable read.”
“Beautiful and satisfying, chock-full of the gorgeous, heartbreaking stuff that makes life worth living.”
–Rocky Mountain News
“Gorgeous . . . [A] delicious, delightful, and deeply satisfying tale of domestic choices . . . Glass never shies away from complexity.”
–New Orleans Times-Picayune
Praise for Three Junes
“Enormously accomplished . . .Rich, absorbing, and full of life.”
—The New Yorker
“A warm, wise debut . . . Three Junes marks a blessed event for readers of literary fiction everywhere.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Three Junes brilliantly rescues, then refurbishes, the traditional plot–driven novel . . . Glass has written a generous book about family expectations—but also about happiness.”
—The New York Times Book Review