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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 Keating Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN: 9780739304907
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • Julia Glass's talent just sends chills up my spine; her novel, Three Junes, is a marvel. Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls
  • Three Junes has the rich pleasures of a ninetenth-century novel and the rush of New York life of the last ten years. I'm amazed it's a first novel--it is a mature, captivating work of fiction. John Casey
  • Three Junes almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains. Glass' ability to locate the immense within the particular, and to simultaneously illuminate and deepen the mysteries of her characters' lives, would be marvelous in any novelist. In a first-time novelist, it's extraordinary. Michael Cunningham
  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 Melanie | 2/4/2014

    " three Junes in the lives of one family "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjie | 2/2/2014

    " 3.5 stars. I didn't think I'd like this story as much as I did. It follows members of a Scottish family over three Junes, which are spread out over about 15 years (I think.) The second, longest June deals with a gay son living in 1990's New York. I didn't care for that character too much, but the writing was very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/24/2014

    " on my ipod. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 1/14/2014

    " This was a chore to get through. Depressing, unlikeable characters, and very thin plot. The family dynamics were lifeless and strange. The constant flashbacks were distracting and tiring. I would never have finished had it not been for my 100% record of finishing all the bookclub reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deidra | 1/13/2014

    " Apparently this book wasn't all that memorable since I took it with me at Christmas not remembering that I had already ready it. My first clue was the dog eared pages, and re-reading the first two paragraphs confirmed what I had suspected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vilo | 1/11/2014

    " I found this a very thought-provoking novel about a family and the different ways members of the family see the same event. The second section had some moments that were more sexually explicit than I like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian | 12/17/2013

    " outstanding. a must buy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ro | 12/7/2013

    " I tried. I really tried. Listened to this book on CD. The narrator does a fantastic job, but this book leaves me scratching my head. Don't bother. But if you like a story with no point and an unresolved ending, this book is for you! Why did this win an award???? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarahschurman | 12/2/2013

    " The three segments are uneven but I loved the part set in the West Village. This in turn made me love the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 11/29/2013

    " I did not like this book. I was forced to read it for school. I found it slow and depressing. I did not enjoy it at all. It doesn't help that I read in the front cover that this book was a short story that the publisher wanted turned into a full book. It shows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefanie | 8/10/2013

    " very very enjoyable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 7/25/2013

    " National book award winner is the story of a family and how their lives connected fro Scotland to New York. Three parts of the book each take place in June. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 7/12/2013

    " really enjoyed the first 2 junes .... the last section was not what I had expected and so did not enjoy as much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/28/2013

    " Great storytelling, loved the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alessandra Gad | 1/30/2013

    " one of the best modern novels i've read- particularly in terms of dialogue & weaving "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Micky | 9/19/2012

    " I kept reading this book because I enjoyed parts of it, but I kept waiting for it all to hang together and see why the three Junes were chosen and I was so disappointed to find no reason, no logic to how these stories came together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 6/23/2012

    " Three vignettes about 3 different members of a family, mother, father, and son. Not the twisted fare I normally go for, but captivating nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominique | 4/14/2012

    " I really enjoyed this novel... mostly for the strange moments (like the red parrot). Read it in a couple days and felt good. I recommended it to a friend and they thought it was cheesy... so I take no responsibility. I know sometimes I'm cheesy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 4/10/2012

    " glop "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon Norman | 2/23/2012

    " Did not like at all. Poor character development. Main character through most of the book, not likeable. Introduced new character 3/4 of the way through. Poor ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flora | 12/25/2011

    " I've read this twice, and it's wonderfully crafted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandie | 9/26/2011

    " Definate mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed the writing style and the story the story as a whole, that is, up until the 3rd part of the book. I actually found myself skipping over pages and was was so let down by the end of the book. too bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 5/21/2011

    " this is the first novel by julia glass. there were a few points along the way i seemed to remember reading it but then again. i enjoyed it up to the last section. she seemed to have lost it there. it seemed rushed and not as in depth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresacooks | 5/20/2011

    " I just couldn't care enough about these characters to make the book feel less than tedious. I wasn't crazy about the way she told the story either. Not a favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annetteb | 5/10/2011

    " Great writing for a first time novelist. The first two sections were compelling however the third wasn't as compelling and was a little weak in pulling the characters together. Overall a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 5/9/2011

    " I like Julia Glass - I liked this - it was interesting but a little hard to follow - all the characters and different time settings and it seemed like a lot was left undone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/30/2011

    " Vaguely unsatisfying, not much of a plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 4/26/2011

    " One of my favorite books-great story of a family spanning several years.Just a great read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 4/17/2011

    " Really fantastic book. Three stories, 'Three Junes' as the title says, all taking place within one family. I loved the writing, the pacing was excellent and the characters truly fleshed out and personable. I could have spent more time with each! A top recommendation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 4/14/2011

    " Four stars til the 3rd June - I just didn't like the Fern section as much. It felt oddly out of place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lily | 4/11/2011

    " I expected to be happier with this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. | 4/10/2011

    " Well written but I only sort of 'got it.' "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mir | 4/7/2011

    " great family story and book. Very gay. very very gay "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandie | 4/5/2011

    " Definate mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed the writing style and the story the story as a whole, that is, up until the 3rd part of the book. I actually found myself skipping over pages and was was so let down by the end of the book. too bad. "

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About the Author
Author Julia Glass

Julia Glass is the author of several books, including Three Junes, which won the National Book Award for Fiction. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her short fiction has won several prizes, including the Tobias Wolff Award and the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Medal for the Best Novella.

About the Narrator

John Keating is an actor, voice talent, and the winner of eight Earphones Awards for audio narration. His numerous acting credits include Roundabout Theatre’s production of Juno and the Paycock and La Mama ETC’s production of Cat and the Moon, as well as various parts with the Irish Repertory Theater and the Irish Arts Center. He can also be seen in the HBO miniseries John Adams, starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.