The Widower's Tale (Hardcover, Large Print)

By Julia Glass

Center Point Large Print, 9781602859197, 679pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2010

September 2010 Indie Next List

“Julia Glass follows classic tradition, proving once again that family is the original source of comedy, tragedy, and frustration. Her newest novel is a meditation on love, both filial and romantic, and how hopelessly ridiculous we all become if we don't make the effort to temper our passions with reason or our actions with accountability.”
— Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
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Summer 2012 Reading Group

“Julia Glass follows classic tradition, proving once again that family is the original source of comedy, tragedy, and frustration. Her newest novel is a meditation on love, both filial and romantic, and how hopelessly ridiculous we all become if we don't make the effort to temper our passions with reason or our actions with accountability.”
— Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
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Description

In a quirky farmhouse outside Boston, seventy-year-old Percy Darling enjoys a vigorous but solitary life. To help his oldest daughter through a crisis, he allows a progressive preschool to move into his barn. The transformation of his refuge into a lively, youthful community compels him to reexamine the choices he's made since his wife's death three decades ago. He can no longer remain aloof from his neighbors, his two grown daughters, or, to his shock, the precarious joy of falling in love. Meanwhile, Percy's beloved grandson Robert, a premed student at Harvard, joins his visionary roommate in a series of environmental "actions" targeting the well-to-do. Though they begin as pranks, they escalate insidiously, with dire consequences for Robert's family and the people around them.
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