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The Whole World Over

Julia Glass

From the author of the beloved novel Three Junes comes a rich and commanding story about the accidents, both grand and small, that determine our choices in love and marriage. Greenie Duquette, openhearted yet stubborn, devotes most of her passionate attention to her Greenwich Village bakery and her four-year-old son, George. Her husband, Alan, seems to have fallen into a midlife depression, while Walter, a traditional gay man who has become her closest professional ally, is nursing a broken heart. 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.

From the author of the beloved novel Three Junes comes a rich and commanding story about the accidents, both grand and small, that determine our choices in love and marriage. Greenie Duquette, openhearted yet stubborn, devotes most of her passionate attention to her Greenwich Village bakery and her four-year-old son, George. Her husband, Alan, seems to have fallen into a midlife depression, while Walter, a traditional gay man who has become her closest professional ally, is nursing a broken heart. 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.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

From the author of the beloved novel Three Junes comes a rich and commanding story about the accidents, both grand and small, that determine our choices in love and marriage. Greenie Duquette, openhearted yet stubborn, devotes most of her passionate attention to her Greenwich Village bakery and her four-year-old son, George. Her husband, Alan, seems to have fallen into a midlife depression, while Walter, a traditional gay man who has become her closest professional ally, is nursing a broken heart. 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Denis O'Hare

Length:

8h 45m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:00


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:37


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:04


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:26


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:40


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:54


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:57


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:21


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:12


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:16


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:42


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:16


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:00


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:07


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:18


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:11


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:52


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:04


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:01


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:41


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:13


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:19


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:18


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:20


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:36


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:34


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:05


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:03


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:19


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:30


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:52


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:50


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:38


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:52


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:18


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

02:57


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:05


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:08


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:48


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:29


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:20


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:59


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:56


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:36


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:04


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:53


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:10


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

02:34


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:42


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

02:47


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:05


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:34


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:16


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:42


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:54


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:06


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:51


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:08


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:55


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:41


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:43


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:40


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:55


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:25


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:30


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:43


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

01:50


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:14


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:15


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:20


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:16


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

02:37


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:07


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:36


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:28


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:27


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:11


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:24


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:30


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:14


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:05


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:34


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

02:37


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:28


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:04


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:15


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:29


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:57


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:41


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:40


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:41


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:36


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:30


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:16


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:24