Three Junes

Three Junes

Book - 2002
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An astonishing first novel that traces the lives of a Scottish family over a decade as they confront the joys and longings, fulfillments and betrayals of love in all its guises.

In June of 1989 Paul McLeod, a newspaper publisher and recent widower, travels to Greece, where he falls for a young American artist and reflects on the complicated truth about his marriage. . ..Six years later, again in June, Paul's death draws his three grown sons and their families back to their ancestral home. Fenno, the eldest, a wry, introspective gay man, narrates the events of this unforeseen reunion. Far from his straitlaced expatriate life as a bookseller in Greenwich Village, Fenno is stunned by a series of revelations that threaten his carefully crafted defenses. . .. Four years farther on, in yet another June, a chance meeting on the Long Island shore brings Fenno together with Fern Olitsky, the artist who once captivated his father. Now pregnant, Fern must weigh her guilt about the past against her wishes for the future and decide what family means to her. In prose rich with compassion and wit, Three Junes paints a haunting portrait of love's redemptive powers.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385721424
0385721420
9780375422416
0375422412
9780375421440
0375421440
Branch Call Number: GLASS J
PS3607.L37 T48 2002
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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