It is at Walter's restaurant that the visiting governor of New Mexico tastes Greenie's coconut cake and decides to woo her away from the city to be his chef. For reasons both ambitious and desperate, she accepts, and finds herself heading west without her husband. This impulsive decision will change the course of several lives within and beyond Greenie's orbit. Alan, alone in New York, must face down his demons; Walter, eager for platonic distraction, takes in his teenage nephew. Yet Walter cannot steer clear of love trouble, and despite his enforced solitude, Alan is still surrounded by women: his powerful sister; an old flame; and an animal lover named Saga, who grapples with demons all her own. As for Greenie, living in the shadow of a charismatic politician leads to a series of unforeseen consequences that separate her from her only child. We watch as folly, chance, and determination pull all these lives together and apart over a year that culminates in the fall of the twin towers at the World Trade Center, an event that will affirm or confound the choices each character has made, or has refused to face.
Julia Glass is at her best here, weaving a glorious tapestry of lives and lifetimes, of places and people, revealing the subtle mechanisms behind our most important, and often most fragile, connections to others. In The Whole World Over she has given us another tale that pays tribute to the extraordinary complexities of love.
©2006 Julia Glass; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Glass brings the same assured narrative drive and engaging prose to this exploration of the quest for love and its tests: absence, doubt, infidelity, guilt, and loss." (Publishers Weekly)
"Glass deftly explor[es] the sacrifices, compromises, and leaps of faith that accompany love." (Booklist)
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Probably when the family reunites in Maine after 9/11.
Ray was certainly colorful.
I could see a movie perhaps with Julianna Moore.
Did not like the flow of the abridgement. Will be more careful in my selection of abridged versions.
Some of the same characters as the Three Junes, and a tidy little story that is enjoyable to listen to. Nothing earth-shattering, but warm and fuzzy and well-written.
I throughly enjoyed this book. This is really 3 stories interwoven into one and all the characters were well protrayed by Dennis OHare, the reader. I do believe this is the best audiobook I have listened to yet. My only regret is I unknowingly downloaded the abriged version, I may still go back and buy the full version even though I know know the ending.
I have to say, while walking my dog, I laughed outload a few times. The narrator was perfect for this one! She did a wonderful job. (usually the narrator makes it or breaks it for me).
It was fun to be in Ivy's crazy world for a very brief time. It's good.
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