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Julia Glass

Julia Glass won the National Book Award for Three Junes, her debut work of fiction. Three Junes is a novel composed of three linked novellas, one of which, Collies, won the Faulkner Society’s gold medal for Best Novella in 2000. This year she is judge of the novella category in the Society’s literary competition. Her second novel, The Whole World Over, which revolved in many respects around the author’s love of food, was highly praised by critics. Her third book, I See You Everywhere, also a critical success is was an intimate and personal exploration of the intertwined lives of two sisters, focusing on the complicated emotions — love, hate, envy, grief — that form between female siblings, a candid portrait of two women which reveals the very nature of sisterhood. In her fourth book, The Widower’s Tale, is another study in the complexities of human relationships, connections. In a quirky farmhouse outside Boston, 70-year-old Percy Darling enjoys a vigorous but mostly solitary life. Then, in a complex scheme to help his oldest daughter through a crisis, he allows a progressive preschool to move into his barn. The abrupt transformation of Percy ‘s rural refuge into a lively, youthful community compels him to re-examine the choices he ‘s made since his wife ‘s death, three decades ago, in a senseless accident that haunts him still. No longer can he remain aloof from his neighbors, his two grown daughters, or, to his shock, the precarious joy of falling in love. Ms. Glass 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. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.

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