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The Widower's Tale

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A Tale Told by a Master

Open Julie Glass' book The Widower's Tale anywhere and you know you're in good hands. The prose is always pitch perfect, from the description of a moonlit night as experienced by Robert, a Harvard student on cross country skis: "The moon stood out from the sky like a me...
Open Julie Glass' book The Widower's Tale anywhere and you know you're in good hands. The prose is always pitch perfect, from the description of a moonlit night as experienced by Robert, a Harvard student on cross country skis: "The moon stood out from the sky like a medal. It cruised along beside them, calm and vigilant, passing behind tree after tree as their skis hissed through snow on the path that skirted the pond and then branched away into acres of trails winding through Matlock's fairy-tale forest." Or the wonderful description of his female friends as seen by Ira, a gay nursery-school teacher: "The women around Ira were losing it. Their grip, their composure, their stamina, their footing-each falling out of balance in some essential way." Julie Glass spins a sprawling tale of family and relationships with characters so true you feel you know them. This is a book you will take to your heart.

posted by Loraine100 on September 24, 2010

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4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Great writing - Story not believable

Excellent writer - Beautiful descriptions So why didn't I like the book. I was prepared for a "cannot put the book down" experience. Started fine and then the story (at least in my opinion) became convoluted and not believable at all. Too many situations that simply mad...
Excellent writer - Beautiful descriptions So why didn't I like the book. I was prepared for a "cannot put the book down" experience. Started fine and then the story (at least in my opinion) became convoluted and not believable at all. Too many situations that simply made no sense. I will list only one - the medical insurance situation - but there are so many others. I stayed with it to the end hoping for the best. Way too many "headline grabbing issues" for my taste. Would not recommend it. And by the way I am a burning liberal and the issues are important but not all together the way they appeared in this book.

posted by 352072 on October 26, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Boring

    Too much description about nothing. Could not finish this book.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Disappointing!

    I found this book to be phoney & filled with author "wanna be's". Tried to cover too many topics with no firm resolutions. Characters not believable, trying to be too good.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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