The Whole World Over by Julia Glass

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Julia Glass, author of the award-winning novel Three Junes, tells a vivid tale of longing and loss, revealing the subtle mechanisms behind our most important connections to others. In The Whole World Over, she pays tribute once again to the extraordinary complexities of love.Greenie Duquette lavishes most of her passionate energy on her Greenwich Village bakery and her young son. Her husband, Alan, seems to have fallen into a midlife depression, while Walter, her closest professional ally, is nursing a broken heart. At Walter’s restaurant, the visiting governor of New Mexico tastes Greenie’s coconut cake and decides to woo her away to be his chef. For reasons both ambitious and desperate, she accepts–heading west without her husband. This impulsive decision, along with events beyond Greenie’s control, will change the course of several lives around her.

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About Julia Glass

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Julia Glass is the author of Three Junes, which won the National Book Award for Fiction, and The Whole World Over. She 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 and the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Medal for the Best Novella. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.From the Hardcover edition.
Published May 23, 2006 by Anchor. 576 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Glass stumbles somewhat with the character of Saga, a young woman whose memory loss and poignant rootlessness rather too pointedly underscore this novel’s otherwise absorbing analyses of “human emotions and personal histories.” Thankfully, there’s always Governor Ray, chortling and backslapping, ...

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Julia Glass's new novel, like "Three Junes," is set mostly in downtown Manhattan.

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Book Reporter

Greenie Duquette directs her attentions mainly toward her Greenwich Village bakery and her four-year-old son, George.

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Entertainment Weekly

From a homey opener (chef Greenie Duquette bakes cinnamon buns in her Greenwich Village kitchen) to a final party a year and a half later (Greenie contributes a cake of ''vanilla, maple, orange, and coconut''), the extravagantly long new novel, The Whole World Over, from extravagantly talented J...

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Bookmarks Magazine

… Without giving anything away, I will say that the continuity of Glass’s imagined world takes over at the end, and the last 70 pages of The Whole World Over nearly make up for its failings."

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New Zealand Woman's Weekly

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