Julia Glass

  • Songeuse, Tommy arpente la vaste maison du Connecticut qui désormais lui appartient. Pendant vingt-cinq ans, elle l'a partagée avec Morty, son employeur et ami, célèbre auteur de livres pour enfants. Après la mort soudaine de l'artiste, la voilà héritière de tous ses biens avec la lourde responsabilité de gérer son patrimoine littéraire. C'est donc elle qui doit accueillir l'acteur engagé pour incarner Morty à l'écran, et l'aider à s'approprier son rôle en fouillant le passé. Et Tommy de s'interroger : connaissait-elle vraiment cet homme qu'elle a côtoyé si longtemps ?

  • «  Élégant et émouvant  : une remise en question des idées reçues sur la famille. »The New Yorker
    À quarante ans passés, Kit est un bon père de famille. Pourtant, lui n'a jamais connu l'identité de son père, que sa mère a toujours refusé de révéler. Après avoir perdu son emploi, il est plongé dans l'inertie la plus totale. Sa femme, lasse de cette situation, le convainc que s'il veut se construire un futur, il est temps qu'il fasse la lumière sur ses origines. S'ensuit une quête d'identité, la rencontre avec une famille si longtemps étrangère, mais aussi avec Fenno McLeod, libraire gay new-yorkais, qui l'aidera à lever le voile sur ce père absent. Kit retracera l'histoire de ses parents, sa propre histoire, jusqu'à cette fameuse nuit où brillaient les lucioles.
    Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par  Anne Damour

  • « Drôle et émouvant ! » Le Monde des Livres Le livre : Dans une ancienne ferme, près de Boston, Percy Darling, soixante-dix ans, coule ses journées de retraité à lire, à regarder de vieux films et à nager dans son étang en tenue d'Adam. Vieil ours, il n'apprécie que les visites de Robert, son cher petit-fils étudiant en médecine. Or cette paisible routine est compromise lorsqu'il permet à une école maternelle d'occuper sa grange. À mesure qu'élèves, parents et professeurs assiègent son refuge, il remet en question la vie solitaire qu'il mène depuis la mort de sa femme, trente ans plus tôt. Et quand il laisse se faire les rencontres, il lui devient impossible de rester à l'écart de la vie, de ses deux filles, de ses amis, ni même, à sa grande surprise, des joies éphémères de l'amour. L'auteur : Julia Glass est l'auteur de quatre romans, Jours de juin, Refaire le monde, Louisa et Clem et Les Joies éphémères de Percy Darling, qui ont tous été des best-sellers du New York Times. Elle s'est vu décerner plusieurs prix pour ses romans et ses nouvelles, dont le John Gardner Award pour Louisa et Clem, trois Nelson Algren Awards et le Tobias Wolff Award. Dans son dernier roman, La Nuit des lucioles, Julia Glass revisite des personnages de Jours de juin, qui a obtenu le prestigieux prix américain du National Book Award.

  • « Fine et sensible : d'une rare justesse sur les liens plus ou moins invisibles de la famille. » Madame Figaro Le livre : Louisa et Clement sont rivales, amies et soeurs. Toutes deux ambitieuses et exigeantes - Louisa, l'aînée, dans sa passion pour l'art, Clem, la cadette, dans son amour pour la nature -, elles ont une relation compliquée. Louisa rêve d'un mariage stable à New York, tandis que Clem, la rebelle, la préférée selon sa soeur, reste fidèle à son travail dans les montagnes Rocheuses mais infidèle aux hommes qui tombent sous son charme. Bien que la vie les éloigne, les deux soeurs vont peu à peu se rapprocher au gré des aléas de l'existence. Malgré les jalousies, les disputes et les larmes, Louisa et Clem ne peuvent échapper à l'amour inconditionnel qui les lie. L'auteur : Julia Glass est l'auteur de quatre romans, Jours de juin, Refaire le monde, Louisa et Clem et Les Joies éphémères de Percy Darling, qui ont tous été des best-sellers du New York Times. Elle s'est vu décerner plusieurs prix pour ses romans et ses nouvelles, dont le John Gardner Award pour Louisa et Clem, trois Nelson Algren Awards et le Tobias Wolff Award. Dans son dernier roman, La Nuit des lucioles, Julia Glass revisite des personnages de Jours de juin, qui a obtenu le prestigieux prix américain du National Book Award.

  • Seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling happily into retirement: reading novels, watching old movies, and swimming naked in his pond. But his routines are disrupted when he is persuaded to let a locally beloved preschool take over his barn.
    As Percy sees his rural refuge overrun by children, parents, and teachers, he must reexamine the solitary life he has made in the three decades since the sudden death of his wife. With equal parts affection and humor, Julia Glass spins a captivating tale about a man who can no longer remain aloof from his community, his two grown daughters, or--to his great shock--the precarious joy of falling in love.

  • Louisa and Clem: two sisters who love each other more the further they move apart
    Louisa is the elder one, the conscientious student, precise and careful, who yearns for a good marriage, a career, a family. Clem, the archetypal younger sibling, is the rebel: uncontainable, iconoclastic, committed to her work but not to the men who fall for her. Alternating between their voices, I See You Everywhere opens when the sisters are in their early twenties and unfolds through their lives in a vivid, heart-rending story of what we can and cannot do for those we love. Their complex bond, Louisa observes, is 'like a double helix, two souls coiling around a common axis, joined yet never touching.'Alive with the same sensual detail and riveting characterization that marks Julia Glass's previous novels, I See You Everywhere is a powerful and moving double portrait that reveals the very nature of sisterhood.

  • Anglais Three Junes

    Julia Glass

    In this captivating debut novel, Julia Glass depicts the life and loves of the McLeod family during three crucial summers spanning a decade. Paul McLeod, patriarch of a Scottish family and a retired newspaper editor and proprietor, is on a package tour of Greece after the death of his wife. The story of his departure from the family home in Scotland and late gesture towards some sort of freedom gives way to his eldest son's life (Fenno). Fenno protects his heart by putting himself under emotional quarantine throughout his life as a young gay man in Manhattan. When he returns home for his father's funeral, this emotional isolation cannot be sustained when he is confronted by a choice that puts him at the centre of his family and its future. Three Junes is a novel about how we live and how family ties (those that we make as well as those that we are born into) can offer redemption and joy.

  • Greenie Duquette lavishes most of her passionate energy on her Greenwich Village bakery and her four-year-old son, George. Her husband, Alan, seems to have fallen into a midlife depression, while Walter, her closest professional ally, is nursing a broken heart. It is at Walter's restaurant that the visiting governor of New Mexico tastes Greenie's coconut cake and decides to woo her away from the city to be his chef. For reasons both ambitious and desperate, she accepts - and finds herself heading west without her husband. This impulsive decision, along with events beyond Greenie's control, will change the course of several lives around her.The Whole World Over is a vividly human tale of longing and loss, folly and forgiveness, revealing the subtle mechanisms behind our most important, and often most fragile, connections to others.

  • In this richly detailed novel about the quest for an unknown father, Julia Glass brings new characters together with familiar figures from her first two novels, immersing readers in a panorama that stretches from suburban New Jersey to rural Vermont and ultimately to the tip of Cape Cod.
    Kit Noonan is an unemployed art historian with twins to help support and a mortgage to pay--and a wife frustrated by his inertia. Raised by a strong-willed, secretive single mother, Kit has never known the identity of his father--a mystery that his wife insists he must solve to move forward with his life. Out of desperation, Kit goes to the mountain retreat of his mother’s former husband, Jasper, a take-no-prisoners outdoorsman. There, in the midst of a fierce blizzard, Kit and Jasper confront memories of the bittersweet decade when their families were joined. Reluctantly breaking a long-ago promise, Jasper connects Kit with Lucinda and Zeke Burns, who know the answer he’s looking for. Readers of Glass’s first novel, Three Junes, will recognize Lucinda as the mother of Malachy, the music critic who died of AIDS. In fact, to fully understand the secrets surrounding his paternity, Kit will travel farther still, meeting Fenno McLeod, now in his late fifties, and Fenno’s longtime companion, the gregarious Walter Kinderman.
    And the Dark Sacred Night is an exquisitely memorable tale about the youthful choices that steer our destinies, the necessity of forgiveness, and the risks we take when we face down the shadows from our past.
    This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

  • In Julia Glass's fifth book since her acclaimed novel Three Junes won the National Book Award, she gives us the story of an unusual bond between a world-famous writer and his assistant--a richly plotted novel of friendship and love, artistic ambition, the perils of celebrity, and the power of an unexpected legacy.
    When the revered children's book author Mort Lear dies accidentally at his Connecticut home, he leaves his property and all its contents to his trusted assistant, Tomasina Daulair, who is moved by his generosity but dismayed by the complicated and defiant directives in his will. Tommy knew Morty for more than four decades, since meeting him in a Manhattan playground when she was twelve and he was working on sketches for the book that would make him a star. By the end of his increasingly reclusive life, she found herself living in his house as confidante and helpmeet, witness not just to his daily routines but to the emotional fallout of his strange boyhood and his volatile relationship with a lover who died of AIDS. Now Tommy must try to honor Morty's last wishes while grappling with their effects on several people, including Dani Daulair, her estranged brother; Meredith Galarza, the lonely, outraged museum curator to whom Lear once promised his artistic estate; and Nicholas Greene, the beguiling British actor cast to play Mort Lear in a movie.
    When the actor arrives for the visit he had previously arranged with the man he is to portray, he and Tommy are compelled to look more closely at Morty's past and the consequences of the choices they now face, both separately and together. Morty, as it turns out, made a confession to Greene that undermines much of what Tommy believed she knew about her boss--and about herself. As she contemplates a future without him, her unlikely alliance with Greene--and the loyalty they share toward the man whose legacy they hold in their hands--will lead to surprising upheavals in their wider relationships, their careers, and even their search for love.

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