The Whole World Over

The Whole World Over

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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.

Baker & Taylor
Hired as the personal chef to the governor of New Mexico, Greenie Duquette leaves behind her Greenwich Village pastry business and her husband to head west with her four-year-old son, prompting a period of upheaval and reflection for herself.

Blackwell North Amer
From Julia Glass comes a 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. In The Whole World Over Glass has given us another tale that pays tribute to the extraordinary complexities of love.

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& Taylor

Hired as the personal chef to the governor of New Mexico, headstrong Greenie Duquette leaves behind her Greenwich Village pastry business and her psychotherapist husband Alan to head west with her four-year-old son, prompting a period of adventure, upheaval, and reflection for herself and all those drawn into her orbit. By the award-winning author of Three Junes. 200,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2006
ISBN: 9780375422744
0375422749
Branch Call Number: FIC Glass
Characteristics: 509 p.

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Apr 08, 2016

I loved "Three Junes" so was looking forward to another novel by Julia Glass. This was a disappointment. It's soap-operatic plot lines and overlapping stories seemed forced, not too mention too stuffed with digressions and reflections. A good editor could have pared this back by 100+ pages. And would someone please tape over the parentheses keys on Julia Glass' keyboard! The use of phrases and sentences set aside by parentheses was way overdone. How about a comma or a separate sentence? Jarring to the point of being annoying.

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Feb 08, 2013

Yes , Julia Glass is an extraordinary writer - I truly like her writing style . The book is too long , but it's good to see old characters resurface

jaelle Jan 17, 2012

Same author as 'The Three Junes'

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