Three Junes, by Julia Glass

This book spans three separate Junes and the stories of love and life held in each. Glass writes with skill and compassion, and this book is a calm and literary exploration of the relationships between friends, family members and loved ones. While I enjoyed the book, I am not sure separating it into three parts was necessary. The middle June spanned 3/4 of the book, making the first and last seem like tacked on accessories or short stories. The longest June features Fenno, a gay bookseller in New York City. Some reviews found his character “whiny,” but I feel he was the most flawed and human character in the book and would have been satisfied (more satisfied?) with a focus on his story. Tying the first and last into the middle seemed almost forced, as glancing relationships were pushed into having unnecessary significance. Overall an enjoyable and relaxing read.

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