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I looked forward to this book because I loved the “Three Junes” series. The writing is wonderful. The story is interesting enough. There’s a mystery involved. But somehow, I just didn’t care what happened.
I couldn’t warm up to any of the characters. Too many sub-plots (plus the plots of the protagonist’s children’s books) and too many bit players — all with S-names: Si, Sol, Stu, Scott, Serge, Shine. Every time one popped up, I had to search back to figure out who he was.
Maybe my expectations were just too high.
She’s pregnant with my brother’s baby. A baby he wants nothing to do with. And he’s asked me to clean up his mess.
I loved this book. The story was original and multifaceted, the characters were sympathetic and believable. There were many themes that were touched upon in the story including the price of fame, the search for love and what loyalty means to others.
This was my favorite Julia Glass book since The Three Junes.
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I may be one of the few people reading A House Among the Trees who didnât know beforehand that the book was inspired by the famed childrenâs author and illustrator Maurice Sendak and his legendary book, Where The Wild Things Are.
No matter. This intelligently written, character-driven novel stands on its own merits, using Mr. Sendak as a departure point and then building a wholly original character in Mort Lear, who is cared for by his trusted assistant Tomasina (Tommy) Daulair â whose brother Dani just happens to be the prototype for his own character, Ivo.
When Mort dies â and we know he has died from the first few pages â Tommy is named his literary executor and is left with a lot of memories and a palpable feeling that she may not have known the man to whom she has dedicated much of her life.
When the well-known British actor and heartthrob Nick Greene shows up at her door â wanting to find out more about Mort Lear because he wants to inhabit him in a soon-to-be movie â both realize that knowing more about Mort may be key to knowing more about themselves.
Julia Glass is a fine writer and as a result, she does not rely on suspenseful plot twists and bells and whistles to elucidate the journeys of her characters. It might have been easy for her to fall into clichés with Mortâs younger gay lover who is dying from AIDS, or the spurned Book Museum director who believed her museum would eventually inherit Mort Learâs archives.
Instead, each character is fleshed out and becomes his or her own person.The questions this book raises are: do we really ever know another human being? Do we ever truly know ourselves? Are each of us acting a role in life? Does it matter that mysteries remain in the end? Should we ever expect to become âwholeâ by trying to solve those mysteries? The novel, I believe, could benefit from a bit of editing here and there, but still maintained my attention all the way through.
At one point, Mort says in an interview, âA story is just like a road. Itâs got to take you somewhere. Somewhere fun, somewhere new! The trip would be dull indeed without some unexpectedly sharp corners.
â Here, in a House Among the Trees, Julia Glass is not particularly taking her readers somewhere new. But she is revealing new glimpses into life. And for me, as a reader, that is enough.
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years) – The house isn’t safe for a baby. There is no protection on the stairs, electrical outlets, drawers, sharp furniture edges. Handrails are below code
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What a marvelous book! I have read all Julia Glass’ novels and her exploration of character never disappoints.Read more
A walk through the back yard takes you through a lush garden and into what Alberto Campo Baeza calls â€œthe cement box,â€ where an underground gallery, private bedrooms and baths await.
We used Swagata’s home as a meeting spot between NYC and Boston to spend some time with old friends. The house is fantastic and very cozy. The living space is double height with skylights and tall windows looking out to the hundreds of surrounding trees (the pictures don’t fully …Read more
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4.0 out of 5 starsI kept thinking this sounds like Maurice Sendak
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“The best book I’ve read in over fifty years… since A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” – Linda Sody
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Swagata and Agassi’s home was beautiful and so clean. It was the perfect place for a getaway from the city. We really appreciated their attention to detail (ex: easy-to-follow instructions posted around their home) and their beautiful decor and comfortable furniture.
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In Julia Glass’s fifth book since her acclaimed novel Three Junes won the National Book Award, she gives us the story of an unusual bond between a world-famous writer and his assistant—a richly plotted novel of friendship and love, artistic ambition, the perils of celebrity, and the power of an unexpected legacy.
When the revered children’s book author Mort Lear dies accidentally at his Connecticut home, he leaves his property and all its contents to his trusted assistant, Tomasina Daulair, who is moved by his generosity but dismayed by the complicated and defiant directives in his will.
Tommy knew Morty for more than four decades, since meeting him in a Manhattan playground when she was twelve and he was working on sketches for the book that would make him a star. By the end of his increasingly reclusive life, she found herself living in his house as confidante and helpmeet, witness not just to his daily routines but to the emotional fallout of his strange boyhood and his volatile relationship with a lover who died of AIDS.
Now Tommy must try to honor Morty’s last wishes while grappling with their effects on several people, including Dani Daulair, her estranged brother; Meredith Galarza, the lonely, outraged museum curator to whom Lear once promised his artistic estate; and Nicholas Greene, the beguiling British actor cast to play Mort Lear in a movie.
When the actor arrives for the visit he had previously arranged with the man he is to portray, he and Tommy are compelled to look more closely at Morty’s past and the consequences of the choices they now face, both separately and together.
Morty, as it turns out, made a confession to Greene that undermines much of what Tommy believed she knew about her boss—and about herself. As she contemplates a future without him, her unlikely alliance with Greene—and the loyalty they share toward the man whose legacy they hold in their hands—will lead to surprising upheavals in their wider relationships, their careers, and even their search for love.
I had high hopes for this book since I loved “Three Junes.” This was a real disappointment and I never saw the point of the book.Read more
Julia Glass writes books to savor. She’s a master craftswoman and astute observer conveyor of the interior emotional lives of her characters. Her books are delicious to me like the best dark chocolate, and I look forward to the next.
Just stayed here for Thanksgiving weekend with my wife, new baby, brother, and sister in law, and we loved the house. The house is beautiful, especially the main room which is a double height space, as well as being smartly decorated.
The fireplace was key to a super cozy weeke…Read more
Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Pantheon; 1st edition (June 13, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 1101870362 ISBN-13: 978-1101870365 Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 3.
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I loved The Three Junes and with this novel, she reaches those heights again. Loved it. I didn’t want to leave the world Glass created. I wanted to LIVE there. Excellent read.
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A woman haunted by her past, a man determined to win her heart, and another who would possess her at all costs.
Warm, humane, creatively drawn characters; language both wonderfully rich and subdued. A love story to life and childhood, in all its complexity.
4.0 out of 5 starsJulia Glass has a wonderful ability to clearly define her characters
Beautiful, styish, comfortable home with great kitchen, dining, and hang out space, comfy beds and beautiful master bath. Even has a sauna and a ping pong table! Canoe looked lovely for summer too, and our kids loved the fire circle in the woods even in the rain.
Great place! We’…Read more
Can something as simple as a botched delivery alter a person’s life forever? A poignant and intriguing tale of danger, greed, and love. “Delicious!”
With the accidental death of beloved children’s author and artist Mort Lear, three people are thrown together as they are forced to rearrange their futures to accommodate his…Read more
5.0 out of 5 starsSuperb Writing with Memorable Characters and a Really Well Created World
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JULIA GLASS is the author of five previous books of fiction, including the best-selling Three Junes, winner of the National Book Award, and I See You Everywhere, winner of the Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Other published works include the Kindle Single Chairs in the Rafters and essays in several anthologies. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Glass is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College. She lives with her family in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
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Great house hidden in the woods in a beautiful area. Extremely comfortable, clean, and perfect for families. Host were responsive and available which was a great plus. We will be back!
5.0 out of 5 starsA wonderful book that pulls the reader along with nary a complaint.
A car is needed for getting around, but if you bicycle, you will find the roads and the scenery exceptional. Trails are a short walk away for hiking.
Julia Glass is a writer whose new books are always worth a look, and this one is no exception!
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5.0 out of 5 starsDo we really ever know another human being?
This two story home, currently resembling a glass sandwich (but maybe I’m just hungry,) is holding up its flat Travertine Roof by 10 cylindrical steel pillars and enclosed by glass exterior walls. The level below is beautifully sheltered and made solely of cement.
Iâm a childrenâs librarian, and as I read the book, I kept thinking this sounds like Maurice Sendak.Read more
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Should become a classic. I have a chronic condition and love to read. This kept my attention throughout the entire book.
I enjoyed reading A House Among the Trees but do not think it will become a classic. It dealt with many of life’s issues but left me yearning for more from some of the protagonists.
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“Gripping and evocative . . . Glass is a formidable storyteller.” —The Washington Book Review“A House Among the Trees shows [Glass] at her tender, compassionate, thoughtful, best, thinking about art, about life, and the way they intertwine so beautifully to make us, finally, fully human.” —Susan Larson, The New Orleans Advocate“Spell-binding . . . Elegant and character-driven . . . Glass accomplishes her task with a fresh vision and little fuss, depicting the complexity not just of creativity, but also how ‘sensitivity . . . is not the same as compassion.’” —Kathleen Rooney, Chicago Tribune“A lovely meditation on the mysteries of creativity and its costs, not just to creators, but to those who surround them . . . Avoiding clichés about tortured, exploitative genius, Glass crafts a thoughtful, warm-hearted tale about the choices each of us makes, with consequences inevitably both good and bad . . . It’s a pleasure to be in the hands of a consummate storyteller.” —Wendy Smith, The Boston Globe“Enthralling . . . Glass is a master at withholding information until just the right moment.” —Robert Allen Papinchak, The National Book Review“Glass [is] an astute observer of relationships and master of dialogue.” —Ellen Emry Heltzel, The Seattle Times“An immersively humane, curl-up-by-the-fire read.” —Passport Magazine“A fascinating look at a world in which a creative artist becomes a hot property to be both honored and exploited . . . A compelling story with fully realized characters.” —Michael Cart, Booklist (starred review)“Radiant . . . Warmhearted . . . Grippingly readable . . . [Glass’s] conclusion finds room for compromise and mutual fulfillment among her full-bodied, compassionately rendered characters.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“Since her first novel, Three Junes, Glass has explored family dynamics of all kinds with a warm, yet never sentimental sympathy. She excels at bringing her many characters to life and at imagining vivid scenes from the rarified world of art and entertainment in this excellent new book.” —Library Journal
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5.0 out of 5 stars” And we enter into the mind of Tommy (Tomasina Daulair) one of Glass’ wonderful, stanch
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Wonderful, cozy, and secluded enough for a great escape. The house itself had ton of space, right near a nature walk in the backyard. Great communication and all of the instructions and details were clearly written and laid out.
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The House Among Trees is a beautiful, secluded property conveniently located next to Butternut and Catamount ski slopes. The mid-century modern 3-bedroom home is equipped with all amenities to offer a truly relaxing experience you can share with your family and friends. Appalachian trails offer views of the magical Berkshire landscape. At an active day we love relaxing in our outdoor sauna. For shopping, dining and entertainment visit nearby town of Great Barrington and Stockbridge.
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The best stories transport us to new worlds and open doors not normally open to us. This book opened several, including the world of museums and children’s literature. I found myself wishing to go to a bookstore and pick up a copy of Colorquake, the fictional children’s book on which A House Among the Trees is set.
The characters were lush and full, and if at times I didn’t like the world they inhabited, well that’s the mark of a good story, isn’t it?
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Julia Glass has a wonderful ability to clearly define her characters, bringing out both their flaws and strengths.Read more
I loved this book, just as I have loved all of Julia Glass’ books. She is a beautiful writer, what else can I say?Read more
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