Read A House Among the Trees Online Free - From the beloved author of the National Book Award winning Three Junes. The unusual bond between a world-famous children's author and his assistant sets the stage for a richly plotted novel of friendship and love, artistic ambition, and the power of an unexpected legacy.
When the revered children's author Mort Lear dies accidentally at the Connecticut home he shares with Tomasina Daulair, his trusted assistant, she is stunned to be left the house and all its contents, as well as being named his literary executor. Though not quite his daughter or his wife, Tommy was nearly everything to the increasingly reclusive Lear, whom she knew for over forty years since meeting him as a child in a city playground where Lear was making sketches for Colorquake, a book that would become an instant classic.
Overwhelmed by the responsibility for Lear's bequest, she must face the demands of all those affected by the sudden loss, including the lonely, outraged museum curator to whom Lear once promised his artistic estate; the beguiling British actor recently cast to play Lear in a movie; and her own estranged brother. She must also face the demons of Morty's painful past the subject of that movie and a future that will no longer include him. A visit from the actor leads to revelations and confrontations that challenge much of what Tommy believed she knew about her boss's life and work and, ultimately, about her own."
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July 01, 2017
For me, reading a Julia Glass novel is like returning home after a long trip, or visiting close friends or family. You immediately feel so comfortable, so happy, and so interested in what is going on around you. I've been a fan of hers since her very first book, Three Junes , and while her books...
April 14, 2017
I may be one of the few people reading A House Among the Trees who didn’t know beforehand that the book was inspired by the famed children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak and his legendary book, Where The Wild Things Are.
No matter. This intelligently written, character-driven novel stands...
July 13, 2017
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In author Julia Glass’s latest, character driven novel, A House Among the Trees, Mort Lear, a famous children’s author, vaguely reminiscent of Maurice Sendak, unexpectedly fall...
June 21, 2017
This was my first novel by this author so I wasn't sure what I was in for. But for some reason, I didn't care for this one. It felt long and that is never a good sign for me.
The author had some great descriptive strokes, and there was some humor....all things appreciated by me. But bottom line,...
June 24, 2017
If you’ve ever read Maurice Sendak’s children’s books, you may recognize the central but now dead (mort) character in Glass’s new novel, Mort Lear. But don’t expect him to be modeled entirely after Sendak; this is not a bio or even a “faction” of the great artist’s life. Instead, this is Glass’s...
March 26, 2017
A little uneven, but very good character development.
July 05, 2017
Way too cumbersome. I tried for almost 100 pages and then skipped to the end. When I tried to go back and pick it up after leaving it for awhile, I had a feeling of having to go to a job I didn't like - heaviness and dread. The writing, in my opinion, was too long and drawn-out. There was no feel...
July 16, 2017
Not my favorite Julia Glass novel. It felt like a slog most of the way, although there were chunks that I really enjoyed and kept me reading.
April 13, 2017
I have loved every book I've read by Julia Glass and this one is no exception. Her writing is exceptional, her story line fascinating, and the literary quality of her novel is superb.
Morty Lear, the protagonist of this book, is a world famous author of children's books and appears to be modeled a...
March 25, 2017
Reading a Julia Glass novel is like entering another lifetime for a few hours. I tend to favor character-heavy books, and this one does not disappoint. Meredith, Nick, and Tomasina are people whose lives were pulled into the orbit of Mort Lear, a beloved artist and author of best-selling children...