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.

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Sublime and Satisfying5 star

While 3 Junes cut closer to the bone, this novel perfectly evokes the grittiness of ordinary family life. Unexpected plot twists that I couldn't believe I failed to see coming, made this an inviting read. 55


Wonderful Read5 star

This book was a gem, wonderful writing, interesting characters and witty humor. I loved how she wove the stories of each character together, insightfully and simply, and her writing is never dramatic or overdone. I am so glad I found this author, and am looking forward to her other books. 55

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