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  • Published: 1 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9780307456106
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $29.99

The Widower's Tale



Seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling happily into retirement: reading novels, watching old movies, and swimming naked in his pond. But his routines are disrupted when he is persuaded to let a locally beloved preschool take over his barn. As Percy sees his rural refuge overrun by children, parents, and teachers, he must reexamine the solitary life he has made in the three decades since the sudden death of his wife. With equal parts affection and humor, Julia Glass spins a captivating tale about a man who can no longer remain aloof from his community, his two grown daughters, or—to his great shock—the precarious joy of falling in love.

  • Published: 1 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9780307456106
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Julia Glass

Julia Glass was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and her short stories have been honoured with three Nelson Algren Awards and the Tobias Wolff Award. Her first novel, Three Junes, won the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction. Her books since then include The Whole World Over, I See You Everywhere, and The Widower’s Tale. Until recently a longtime New Yorker, she now lives with her family in Massachusetts.

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