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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,339 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Glass Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the author of the beloved novel Three Junes comes a rich and commanding story about the accidents, both grand and small, that determine our choices in love and marriage. Greenie Duquette, openhearted yet stubborn, devotes most of her passionate attention to her Greenwich Village bakery and her four-year-old son, George. Her husband, Alan, seems to have fallen into a midlife depression, while Walter, a traditional gay man who has become 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 will change the course of several lives within and beyond Greenie's orbit. Alan, alone in New York, must face down his demons; Walter, eager for platonic distraction, takes in his teenage nephew. Yet Walter cannot steer clear of love trouble, and despite his enforced solitude, Alan is still surrounded by women: his powerful sister; an old flame; and an animal lover named Saga, who grapples with demons all her own. As for Greenie, living in the shadow of a charismatic politician leads to a series of unforeseen consequences that separate her from her only child. We watch as folly, chance, and determination pull all these lives together and apart over a year that culminates in the fall of the twin towers at the World Trade Center, an event that will affirm or confound the choices each character has made, or has refused to face.

Julia Glass is at her best here, weaving a glorious tapestry of lives and lifetimes, of places and people, revealing the subtle mechanisms behind our most important, and often most fragile, connections to others. In The Whole World Over she has given us another tale that pays tribute to the extraordinary complexities of love. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gillian | 2/19/2014

    " I really loved the authors previous book Three Junes and I read reviews of The Whole World Over that said it was not up to par. So I was pleasantly suprised at how much I loved this book. It is really about our need for belonging and to be understood. Her characters are very diverse and all richly developed and you find yourself both loving and hating them at different times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Theresa | 2/12/2014

    " Best thing about this book-the quirky characters! Fenno, Saga and Walter are my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Clare | 2/2/2014

    " I was disappointed. Because I LOVED Three Junes, I hoped Glass's next book would be awesome, too. This book deals with Sept. 11th tragedies through the eyes of characters who are too pathetic to care about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rachel Wallis | 1/26/2014

    " This was a really enjoyable read, but not a runaway, can't-put-it-down kind of thing. I'd like to read her first book though. "

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