“Glass’s ability to illuminate and deepen the mysteries of her characters’ lives is extraordinary.”
—Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours
In her five novels, Julia Glass turns her supple and delicate prose to the intricacies of love and family. The Boston Globe observes that among her chosen subjects are “parents and children, the ephemerality of beauty, the inexplicability of desire, the nature of ‘lasting love,’ and the definition of family.”
Glass’s first novel, Three Junes, was the winner of the 2002 National Book Award. The three-part tale takes place during the Junes of 1989, 1995 and 1999, following one Scottish family through moments of grief and joy, closeness and distance. “Masterfully,” Katherine Wolff writes in The New York Times Book Review, “Three Junes shows how love follows a circuitous path, how its messengers come to wear disguises. Julia Glass has written a generous book about family expectations–but also about happiness, luck, and, as she puts it, the ‘grandiosity of genes.’”
I See You Everywhere, Glass’s third book, won the 2009 SUNY John Gardner Fiction Award. The collection of linked stories chronicles 25 years in the lives of sisters Louisa and Clem. Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Liesl Schillinger says, “Rich, intricate and alive with emotion, the book reconstructs the complicated bonds between Louisa and Clem…In this novel, Glass has used the edges and color blocks of her own life to build an honest portrait of sister-love and sister-hate–interlocking, brave and forgiving–made whole through art, despite missing pieces in life.”
Glass’s most recent novel, And the Dark and Sacred Night, is the story of Kit Noonan, an art historian and married father at a crossroads in his life. Kit goes searching for the father he never knew, discovering in the course of this journey new truths about himself and the world around him. Describing the novel’s depth and complexity, San Francisco Chronicle Online reviewer Carolyn Cooke writes that “And the Dark Sacred Night is a quiet novel the way a modest rope of pearls represents the urgent efforts of two dozen oysters.”
She’ll follow that up in Summer 2017 with A House Among The Trees, the story of a recently passed world-famous children’s author and the assistant he has named as his literary executor.
Glass has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Other awards for her fiction include the Sense of Place Award, three Nelson Algren awards, and the Tobias Wolff Award. In 1999, she won the Pirate’s Alley Medal for Best Novella for “Collies,” which ultimately grew into her debut novel Three Junes. She has been a writer in residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut, and a Director’s Guest at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Italy.
Glass’s essays have been widely anthologized, most recently in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book, edited by Sean Manning, and in Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers, edited by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon. For the past ten years, she has also taught creative writing workshops at programs including the Fine Arts Work Center, the Yale Writers Conference, and the M.F.A. program at Brooklyn College. Next fall she will become a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College, teaching graduate students in the Writing, Literature and Publishing department.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Julia attended Yale College, where she earned her B.A. as a Scholar of the House in studio art. She began writing fiction in her early thirties, publishing her first short story at age 37 and her first novel at 46. She dedicated her National Book Award, in 2002, to late bloomers of all kinds. In 2004, after 24 years in New York City, she returned to Massachusetts, where she now shares an old house in Marblehead with her two sons, their father, and a pair of Cardigan corgis. She is also proud to be a cofounder and the literary director of Twenty Summers, a nonprofit arts festival based in a historic barn in Provincetown.
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