Three Junes

Three Junes

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Three Junesis a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. In June of 1989, Paul McLeod, the recently widowed patriarch, becomes infatuated with a young American artist while traveling through Greece and is compelled to relive the secret sorrows of his marriage. Six years later, Paul's death reunites his sons at Tealing, their idyllic childhood home, where Fenno, the eldest, faces a choice that puts him at the center of his family's future. A lovable, slightly repressed gay man, Fenno leads the life of an aloof expatriate in the West Village, running a shop filled with books and birdwatching gear. He believes himself safe from all emotional entanglements--until a worldly neighbor presents him with an extraordinary gift and a seductive photographer makes him an unwitting subject. Each man draws Fenno into territories of the heart he has never braved before, leading him toward an almost unbearable loss that will reveal to him the nature of love. Love in its limitless forms--between husband and wife, between lovers, between people and animals, between parents and children--is the force that moves these characters' lives, which collide again, in yet another June, over a Long Island dinner table. This time it is Fenno who meets and captivates Fern, the same woman who captivated his father in Greece ten years before. Now pregnant with a son of her own, Fern, like Fenno and Paul before him, must make peace with her past to embrace her future. Elegantly detailed yet full of emotional suspense, often as comic as it is sad,Three Junesis a glorious triptych about how we learn to live, and live fully, beyond incurable grief and betrayals of the heart--how family ties, both those we're born into and those we make, can offer us redemption and joy.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375421440
0375421440
9780375422416
0375422412
9780385721424
0385721420
Branch Call Number: PS3607.L37 T48 2002
PS3607.L37 T48 2002
GLASS J
Characteristics: 353 p. ; 25 cm

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Winner of the National Book Award in 2002, the story is set during three different summers (Junes) in three different places throughout the world, but focuses on one family: The McCleods.


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JeanieG
May 03, 2013

So well written. Set in Scotland and Manhattan. Spans decades. The saga of a Scottish family. Much is told by one of the sons, who is gay. Deals with AIDS in the early days. Award winner.

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Ireadalot2
Jun 20, 2011

Didn't care at all.

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GrumpyDave
Dec 06, 2010

2002 National Book Award - Fiction

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ktfrny1
Dec 03, 2009

I enjoyed this book a lot. The book has three sections. An young American woman meets a middle aged Scottish man who is recently widowed. She flings herself into a holiday affair with a Greek man. The older man watches with sympathy. Then years later, she meets the man's son in New York. A case of ships passing in the night.

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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Fenno McLeod, a slightly repressed gay man, learns about love and relationships over the course of three Junes.

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