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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (22,738 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Glass Narrator: John Keatin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. In June of 1989, Paul McLeod, the recently widowed patriarch, becomes infatuated with a young American artist while traveling through Greece and is compelled to relive the secret sorrows of his marriage. Six years later, Paul’s death reunites his sons at Tealing, their idyllic childhood home, where Fenno, the eldest, faces a choice that puts him at the center of his family’s future. A lovable, slightly repressed gay man, Fenno leads the life of an aloof expatriate in the West Village, running a shop filled with books and birdwatching gear. He believes himself safe from all emotional entanglements—until a worldly neighbor presents him with an extraordinary gift and a seductive photographer makes him an unwitting subject. Each man draws Fenno into territories of the heart he has never braved before, leading him toward an almost unbearable loss that will reveal to him the nature of love.

Love in its limitless forms—between husband and wife, between lovers, between people and animals, between parents and children—is the force that moves these characters’ lives, which collide again, in yet another June, over a Long Island dinner table. This time it is Fenno who meets and captivates Fern, the same woman who captivated his father in Greece ten years before. Now pregnant with a son of her own, Fern, like Fenno and Paul before him, must make peace with her past to embrace her future. Elegantly detailed yet full of emotional suspense, often as comic as it is sad, Three Junes is a glorious triptych about how we learn to live, and live fully, beyond incurable grief and betrayals of the heart—how family ties, both those we’re born into and those we make, can offer us redemption and joy.

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  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vikki | 2/18/2014

    " This was the first book before The Whole World Over. About three brothers, a gay guy and Scotland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 2/16/2014

    " It started off slow, and I had to force myself to stick with this book. I'm glad I did. Overall, I enjoyed it. Lacking a strong main plot, it didn't grab me until about halfway through Fenno's story. Then the subplots and peripheral characters started to make sense. In Fenno's section, the time shifts back and forth between present and past, and you often have to check your bearings on which decade you're in. The prose is lovely and deep, and I eventually became enchanted with Fenno and his world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cyndi Longest | 2/5/2014

    " The first part of it was good, but my interest wasn't held in the second half. Didn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melanie | 2/4/2014

    " three Junes in the lives of one family "

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