A House Among the Trees

A House Among the Trees

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"When the revered children's book author Mort Lear dies accidentally at his Connecticut home, he leaves his property and all its contents to his trusted assistant, Tomasina Daulair, who is moved by his generosity but dismayed by the complicated and defiant directives in his will. Tommy knew Morty for more than four decades, since meeting him in a Manhattan playground when she was twelve and he was working on sketches for the book that would make him a star. By the end of his increasingly reclusive life, she found herself living in his house as confidante and helpmeet, witness not just to his daily routines but to the emotional fallout of his strange boyhood and his volatile relationship with a lover who died of AIDS. Now Tommy must try to honor Morty's last wishes while grappling with their effects on several people, including Dani Daulair, her estranged brother; Meredith Galarza, the lonely, outraged museum curator to whom Lear once promised his artistic estate; and Nicholas Greene, the beguiling British actor cast to play Mort Lear in a movie."--
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101870365
Branch Call Number: Glass, J
Characteristics: 352 pages ; 25 cm


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Nov 29, 2017

I’m a children’s librarian, and as I read the book, I kept thinking this sounds like Maurice Sendak. Then after finishing the book, I discovered his life was the basis of the book. Enjoyable reading, particularly if you like children’s books.

Nov 25, 2017

Now that he’s older, Mort Lear—a children’s book author and artist some reviewers think based on Maurice Sendak—lives in a house among the trees in rural Connecticut. Glass’s book tells his story and that of friends and associates, all with their own ‘investment’ in Morty’s life. Beautifully told, the story really becomes one of the boy Ivo in his most famous book, and the question for those who love Morty of who will know and tell his story. It left this reader to ponder who will tell my own. Good question.


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