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THE WIDOWER'S TALE
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
Beginning slowly and eventually picking up pace, Glass’ novel eloquently explores the variety of choices life often presents us with, and the resulting intended and unintended consequences. This story of multiple generations is touching, warm and thoughtful.
When 70-year-old Percy Darling reluctantly allows a preschool to move into the barn on his property, he believes that he is choosing to help his daughter. This is the first of many choices made by Percy, his family and friends that shapes their lives and the lives of those around them.
Meanwhile, Percy’s beloved grandson, Robert, who everyone expects to follow in his mother’s footsteps into medicine, joins his charismatic roommate in a series of environmental “actions” that escalate toward a final disaster. In the aftermath, each person directly and indirectly affected by Robert’s choice must decide how to move forward, because doing nothing is no longer an option for any of them. (PANTHEON, Sep., 416 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed By: M.H. Morrison
Published: September 2010