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The Widower's Tale

Julia Glass

In a historic farmhouse outside Boston, seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling happily into retirement: reading novels, watching old movies, and swimming naked in his pond. His routines are disrupted, however, 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. No longer can he remain aloof from his community, his two grown daughters, or, to his shock, the precarious joy of falling in love. One relationship Percy treasures is the bond with his oldest grandchild, Robert, a premed student at Harvard. Robert has long assumed he will follow in the footsteps of his mother, a prominent physician, but he begins to question his ambitions when confronted by a charismatic roommate who preaches-and begins to practice-an extreme form of ecological activism, targeting Boston's most affluent suburbs. Meanwhile, two other men become fatefully involved with Percy and Robert: Ira, a gay teacher at the preschool, and Celestino, a Guatemalan gardener who works for Percy's neighbor, each one striving to overcome a sense of personal exile. Choices made by all four men, as well as by the women around them, collide forcefully on one lovely spring evening, upending everyone's lives, but none more radically than Percy's. With equal parts affection and satire, Julia Glass spins a captivating tale about the loyalties, rivalries, and secrets of a very particular family. Yet again, she plumbs the human heart brilliantly, dramatically, and movingly. From the Hardcover edition.

In a historic farmhouse outside Boston, seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling happily into retirement: reading novels, watching old movies, and swimming naked in his pond. His routines are disrupted, however, 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. No longer can he remain aloof from his community, his two grown daughters, or, to his shock, the precarious joy of falling in love. One relationship Percy treasures is the bond with his oldest grandchild, Robert, a premed student at Harvard. Robert has long assumed he will follow in the footsteps of his mother, a prominent physician, but he begins to question his ambitions when confronted by a charismatic roommate who preaches-and begins to practice-an extreme form of ecological activism, targeting Boston's most affluent suburbs. Meanwhile, two other men become fatefully involved with Percy and Robert: Ira, a gay teacher at the preschool, and Celestino, a Guatemalan gardener who works for Percy's neighbor, each one striving to overcome a sense of personal exile. Choices made by all four men, as well as by the women around them, collide forcefully on one lovely spring evening, upending everyone's lives, but none more radically than Percy's. With equal parts affection and satire, Julia Glass spins a captivating tale about the loyalties, rivalries, and secrets of a very particular family. Yet again, she plumbs the human heart brilliantly, dramatically, and movingly. From the Hardcover edition.
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In a historic farmhouse outside Boston, seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling happily into retirement: reading novels, watching old movies, and swimming naked in his pond. His routines are disrupted, however, 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. No longer can he remain aloof from his community, his two grown daughters, or, to his shock, the precarious joy of falling in love. One relationship Percy treasures is the bond with his oldest grandchild, Robert, a premed student at Harvard. Robert has long assumed he will follow in the footsteps of his mother, a prominent physician, but he begins to question his ambitions when confronted by a charismatic roommate who preaches-and begins to practice-an extreme form of ecological activism, targeting Boston's most affluent suburbs. Meanwhile, two other men become fatefully involved with Percy and Robert: Ira, a gay teacher at the preschool, and Celestino, a Guatemalan gardener who works for Percy's neighbor, each one striving to overcome a sense of personal exile. Choices made by all four men, as well as by the women around them, collide forcefully on one lovely spring evening, upending everyone's lives, but none more radically than Percy's. With equal parts affection and satire, Julia Glass spins a captivating tale about the loyalties, rivalries, and secrets of a very particular family. Yet again, she plumbs the human heart brilliantly, dramatically, and movingly. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Bramhall

Length:

17h 53m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:32


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:15


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:33


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:27


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:05


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:52


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:44


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:23


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:40


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:53


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:37


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:39


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:32


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:54


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:55


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:03


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:18


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:33


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:53


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:11


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:11


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:32


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:05


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:07


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:41


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:41


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:25


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:31


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:48


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:02


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:18


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:52


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:11


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:29


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:06


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:28


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:43


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:33


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:48


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:28


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:55


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:35


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:35


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:59


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:27


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:43


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:44


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:02


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:51


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:21


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:41


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:00


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:03


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:57


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:47


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:33


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:33


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:40


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:35


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:54


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:29


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:34


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:02


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:43


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:06


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:28


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:30


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:14


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:26


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:25


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:18


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:37


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:50


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:38


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:28


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:44


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:00


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:11


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:53


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:26


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:54


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:43


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:34


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:57


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:47


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:07


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:08


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

09:04


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:52


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:11


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:40


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:09


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:03


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:27


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:53


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:15


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:43


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:14


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:16


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:18


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:18


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:33


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:14


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:40


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

01:58


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:30


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

07:06


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:05


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

08:33


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:53


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

07:46


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:58


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

06:13


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

06:38


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

06:46


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

06:10


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

08:28


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:53


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

09:04


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

08:00


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

07:30


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

05:06


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:03


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

06:35


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

07:13


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

00:32