Among the many honors bestowed on artist-turned-writer Julia Glass are the Nelson Algren Fiction Award, the Tobias Wolff Award, the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Medal for Best Novella, and the 2002 National Book Award for her debut novel Three Junes. While Glass still works as a freelance journalist and editor, clearly she's come into an esteemed literary league!
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New York, New York
Date of Birth:
March 23, 1956
Place of Birth:
B.A., Yale College, 1978; Scholar of the House in Art, Summa Cum Laude, 1978
Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, 1999; Nelson Algren Fiction Awards, 1993, 1996, 2000; National Book Award for Fiction (2002) for Three Junes
|The Whole World Over|
In her second novel, Glass reveals how the past impinges on the present, and how small incidents of fate and chance determine the future. Greenie Duquette has a small bakery in Manhattan that supplies pastries to restaurants, including that of her genial gay friend Walter. When Walter recommends Greenie to the governor of New Mexico, she seizes the chance to become the Southwesterner's pastry chef and to take a break from her marriage to Alan Glazier, a psychiatrist with hidden issues. Taking their four-year-old son with her Greenie leaves for New Mexico, while figures from her and Alan's pasts challenge their already strained marriage.
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|In an interview with ABCNews.com, Glass recalled the nature of her first reviews for Three Junes: “Like any writer who puts her heart out on public display, I get mixed reactions, though I'm glad to say most of the ones I've seen have been positive. One negative reaction that amused me came from a reader who claimed that ‘nothing happens’ -- this in a book almost too full of deaths, births, betrayals, and life-changing decisions!”|
|A Dazzling Debut||Reading Recommendations|
Told in three parts, each set in the month of June, Glass’ debut novel (and 2002 National Book Award Winner) poignantly explores love, loss, and the bonds between members of a complicated Scottish family, The McLeods. Richard Russo, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Empire Falls says that Glass's talent "sends chills up my spine; her novel, Three Junes, is a marvel."
|Memoirs of a Geisha|
We asked Glass to tell us about some of her favorite books; she put Memoirs of a Geisha on her list, calling it "an exquisitely well-written page-turner that is also a window on a remote culture, a portrait of a fascinating character, and a deeply rewarding story of enduring love." Read on to learn more about Glass's reading recommendations, including: