Lisa Says… Read This for November 2010

By Lisa Hamilton

The Widower’s Tale
by Julia Glass

If you have read my mini bio at the beginning of Sasee, it will not surprise you that I wanted to read and review the The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass. Percy Darling (how could there be a better name) is a 70 year old widower, settling into a retirement we would all be envious of. A retired librarian, a respected member of the community, someone who has raised two remarkable children, is coerced into turning his old barn, on his beautiful estate, into a preschool. In return, his daughter will be given a job there. This daughter gave up her two children to return to her hometown, where her mother mysteriously drowned in a horrible accident, and where daughter number two is a world renowned breast cancer specialist.

This book is so fast-paced, intellectual and quick-witted, that you will find yourself going back over the dialogue to make sure you read what you read. Glass takes family and friends and relationships to the next level, and spins a powerful tale about multigenerational loyalties and secrets that leave the reader wanting to know more.

Percy’s family and friends work well together in this book to make it more than remarkable. As in Three Junes, Glass is an expert at creating characters you want to know more about. Her writing is amazing in The Widower’s Tale, lending all of us a glimpse of great storytelling. Books like this we never want to put down – you will be more than glad you picked this one up.

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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