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FREE DOWNLOAD » Three Junes ´ ➳ [Read] ➮ Three Junes By Julia Glass ➾ – Dcmdirect.co.uk An astonishing first novel that traces the lives of a Scottish family over a decade as they confront the joys and longings fulfillments and betrayals of love in all its guises In June of 1989 Paul McL An astonishing first novel that tracesAul’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 Jun. 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 Junelittle 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

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E 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 From the Trade Paperback editio. Although different from my expectations I enjoyed this book a lot for its character explorations uniue 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 desperately want him to open up to his family and friends and yet you find yourself rooting for him to find his own happiness The third section is again third person narrative but this time focused on Fern an ex lover of Fenno's ex lover Although this section feels somewhat disconnected from the book introducing us to new characters at the end of the story it is satisfying in that it gives you a final picture of Fenno from another's perspective And from there you see that Fenno has perhaps found some resolution to his issues with letting other people into his life In all three sections the author jumps back and forth between past and present interconnecting the two and pulling you forward Overall I would say don't expect a traditional plot where much happens; this is an exploration of characters than the events in their lives

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Three JunesAn astonishing first novel that traces the lives of a Scottish family over a decade as they confront the joys and longings fulfillments and betrayals of love in all its guises In June ofPaul 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 marriageSix years later again in June P. 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 Would a family's eating walking dogs and dying count as stuff happening So far as I can tell virtually nothing happens in this book except that a few of the characters pass away I repeatedly thought to myself this book is plotlessly pointless or is it pointlessly plotless I kept reading because the writing was decent line by line and a dear female friend lent it to me with an endorsement It is not a book for boys who like actionThe novel is also referred to as a literary triptych because I suppose it has three parts Part I is third person narration focalized on Paul the paterfamilias; Part II is first person narration by Fenno the gay son in New York; Part III is third person again focalized on Fern the ex lover of Fenno's ex lover As this description indicates the connections among the sections are tenuous It is of course a not so new attempt at giving three different perspectives of the same thing but here thing is not an event but characters If you are interested in characterization as creative writing exercise then you might find this book fascinating Here is a sample of what I mean With Heather Fern is the closest and also the most contentious For their entire childhood they shared a room Heather was the athlete swam played field hockey fenced At schoolwork she was comfortably mediocre It reads like a class exercise especially considering Heather is never mentioned againAnother complaint I have touches not just on this book but on virtually all modern American fiction I understand that some of us have yet to get the God is dead memo and we're out of step but must books really be written with such stiflingly limited horizons These people are all so absurdly earth bound with the possible exception of a rather flat character named Lucinda who is a Catholic activist and admittedly sympathetically portrayed I am reminded of another book popular with the ladies that I recently suffered through for a friend The Time Traveller's Wife Notice to males do not let your girlfriendmothersister make you read this pointless book Everything about it is so small; the characters have nothing significant to think about but themselves Even a great book from the eighties like The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay manages to avoid being big somehow And by big I don't necessarily mean religious; The Great Gatsby for instance at least deals with over sized dreams and the American experience while being essentially a boy meets girl book Why must all the novels written today be essentially about nothing Is there no one wondering about anything bigger than family psychologyThe woman who wrote this book is smart and literary and because books are in part a kind of pseudo conversation with the author it can be worth your time For me the whole thing would almost be saved by the fact that Mother McLeod raises border collies the best dogs alive Sadly she's dead on page one