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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,025 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Glass Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a historic farmhouse outside Boston, seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling happily into retirement: reading novels, watching old movies, and swimming naked in his pond. His routines are disrupted, however, 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. No longer can he remain aloof from his community, his two grown daughters, or, to his shock, the precarious joy of falling in love.
 
One relationship Percy treasures is the bond with his oldest grandchild, Robert, a premed student at Harvard. Robert has long assumed he will follow in the footsteps of his mother, a prominent physician, but he begins to question his ambitions when confronted by a charismatic roommate who preaches—and begins to practice—an extreme form of ecological activism, targeting Boston’s most affluent suburbs.
 
Meanwhile, two other men become fatefully involved with Percy and Robert: Ira, a gay teacher at the preschool, and Celestino, a Guatemalan gardener who works for Percy’s neighbor, each one striving to overcome a sense of personal exile. Choices made by all four men, as well as by the women around them, collide forcefully on one lovely spring evening, upending everyone’s lives, but none more radically than Percy’s.
 
With equal parts affection and satire, Julia Glass spins a captivating tale about the loyalties, rivalries, and secrets of a very particular family. Yet again, she plumbs the human heart brilliantly, dramatically, and movingly.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ken Chavez | 2/1/2014

    " I "read" this as an audio book. Meh! It starts out with lots of potential but all the conflicts are worked out in a mealy mouthed kinda way. Very New England in that all the drama is subdued. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Katharine Holden | 1/30/2014

    " An excess of characters, each with lengthy back stories and first-person narration, drags this novel down. No character is allowed to be peripheral. Exhausting. Halfway through I no longer cared how the book would resolve itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sara | 1/26/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed the writing in this book. The story immersed me into this family and I was captivated. I loved that the main character was a widower in his 70's and that Glass wrote through his viewpoint. It always astounds me when a woman can so convincingly be in the head of a male character and grab me hook, line and sinker. It was a long book and not necessarily a quick read but I am glad that I read it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Terry Earley | 1/21/2014

    " I would not recommend. I could not get through the first 50 pages. Something about the style made me cringe. Sorry. I know others thought it was good, but it was not for me. "

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