The Whole World Over

Author(s): Julia Glass
Original Publish Date: Apr 24, 2007
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (22.97 hours)
Product Number: Z100024540
Released: Apr 24, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415944356
Narrator/s: Ann Marie Lee
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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.

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Author(s): Julia Glass
Product Number EB00148831
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9780375424380

Professional reviews

"Listen to this audio performance for one minute and hear why Glass is a National Book Award winner. The author's elegant prose unfolds petal by petal, allowing each character to bloom slowly. Similarly, the setting reveals itself with rich imagery that, thanks to Ann Marie Lee's lyrical voice, nearly turns an audiobook into film. As the story shifts between a restaurateur and a pastry chef, the delicious kitchen descriptions adeptly keep up with the beauty of the language itself. Lee's performance captures the beauty and tragedy of everyday life and its relationships, triumphs, and challenges. The combination of Glass's skill and Lee's voice makes for a beautiful audio experience. L.B.F. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"