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I See You Everywhere By Julia Glass I See You Everywhere From the author of the best selling Three Junes comes an intimate new work of fiction a tale of two sisters together and apart told in their alternating voices over twenty five years Louisa Jardine

  • Title: I See You Everywhere
  • Author: Julia Glass
  • ISBN: 9780375422751
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I See You Everywhere By Julia Glass From the author of the best selling Three Junes comes an intimate new work of fiction a tale of two sisters, together and apart, told in their alternating voices over twenty five years Louisa Jardine is the older one, the conscientious student, precise and careful the one who yearns for a good marriage, an artistic career, a family Clem, the archetypal youngest, is theFrom the author of the best selling Three Junes comes an intimate new work of fiction a tale of two sisters, together and apart, told in their alternating voices over twenty five years Louisa Jardine is the older one, the conscientious student, precise and careful the one who yearns for a good marriage, an artistic career, a family Clem, the archetypal youngest, is the rebel uncontainable, iconoclastic, committed to her work but not to the men who fall for her daring nature Louisa resents that the charismatic Clem has always been the favorite yet as Clem puts it, On the other side of the fence mine every expectation you fulfill puts you one stop closer to that Grand Canyon rim from which you could one day rule the world or plummet in very grand style In this vivid, heartrending story of what we can and cannot do for those we love, the sisters grow closer as they move farther apart Louis settles in New York while Clem, a wildlife biologist, moves restlessly about until she lands in the Rocky Mountains Their complex bond, Louisa observes, is like a double helix, two souls coiling around a common axis, joined yet never touching Alive with all the sensual detail and riveting characterization that mark Glass s previous work, I See You Everywhere is a piercingly candid story of life and death, companionship and sorrow, and the nature of sisterhood itself.
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    1. H on said:

      It seems you really like Julia Glass or you really don t, judging from other reviews I fall into the really likes group I inhaled this book, a series of snapshots told alternately by two sisters I find Glass s characters believable and layered, and her short story like style suits my taste It helps that this book is about one of the themes I find most fascinating the inability to really live outside ourselves and understand others as than who they are in relation to ourselves, and the way we re [...]

    2. Jen on said:

      This book was very, very disappointing I enjoyed both her previous books immensely, but I just couldn t go where this book was trying to take me Firstly, the book is set up almost like a collection of connected short stories, and I m not really a fan of short stories, so perhaps that s why my initial reaction wasn t positive But I stuck with it and began to find myself invested in this tale of two sisters, even though the prose seemed mostly distant and coldd then the book takes this radical tur [...]

    3. Emily on said:

      I appreciated how this book honestly portrayed the complexity of relationships between sisters Rather than presenting sisters who are best friends, who talk all of the time, etc this book delves into the ups and downs, jealousies, regrets, and love hate behaviors that characterize most sibling relationships over the course of a lifetime The book begins in 1980, when Clem and Louisa are in their 20s, and spans the course of 25 years chapters jump ahead one, five, and 10 years Each chapters both l [...]

    4. Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page) on said:

      This is why you shouldn t judge a book by its cover The cover and title seemed very interesting to me, but this book was anything but From the very start of this book, I just found it dull and I couldn t get into it Though it did get a little interesting around the midway point, it was still nothing captivating I found the writing to be a little erratic, like the author was just moving from one event to the other, disregarding anything else I felt the same with the two sisters relationships, to [...]

    5. Miriam on said:

      I read this in two days I really adore Julia Glass writing style.It s so smooth and full of beauty I was surprised to see that the pieces in the book had originally been published as stories in other places, because they feel so cohesive The only peeve I have with it, which is why it doesn t get 5 stars is that the first chapter has these really annoying POV shifts between the two sisters, both are in first person and the name of one of the characters is, bothersomely, Clement So it is really, r [...]

    6. Linda on said:

      In her novel Julia Glass explores the lives and the interrelationship of two sisters over a period of twenty years, picking up the story when the two women are in their early twenties Chapters alternate between the first person voice of each sister, capturing the point of view of Louisa and Clem, as the author fleshes out the character and growth of each of the sisters, each woman choosing totally different lifestyles and yet the bond of sisterhood and connective thread remains.I enjoyed the sto [...]

    7. Suzanne on said:

      I took two weeks to read this story, about Clem loved that shortened name for Clement and Louisa, where we hear alternatively from each sister, from their adolescence to their thirties I wasn t really liking the change of voice as it was confusing to me, but this ended up being a small issue compared to my general dislike of the book The whole way along, I was trying to feel a closeness to the two sisters, but I was consistently thinking to myself they re trying to tell me something, trying to g [...]

    8. Belinda on said:

      I really liked Julia Glass s first two novels the characters touched me, the storylines were engaging However, something went terribly awry with this book It s like Julia was kidnapped by Jodi Picoult, spoonfed some kind of noxious character withering pablum, and then released to finish up this book while still in some state of disorientation.This is to say, I See You Everywhere was churning along OK until one horrible twist in the storyline You ve had this happen, I m sure You re reading along, [...]

    9. LARRY on said:

      As posted in I really tried to like this book since it was written by Julia Glass I ve heard so much about Glass and The Three Junes However, I just could not connect to this story I See You Everywhere is about 2 sisters, who have grown apart through the years Yet, they remain in touch or even visit, especially during tragic events Louisa, the elder sister, is the stable one with a rooted job and a consistent love interest Chem, the other one, travels the world, as a biologist, studying and sav [...]

    10. Theresa Nardi on said:

      If you ever had a sister, if you ever longed for a sister this book is a magnificent portrayal of those tortured, heart breaking, soul slashing and rejuvenating, mystical and warming relationships between siblings Read in small doses to capture all Glass s prose

    11. Stephanie on said:

      My older daughter was given a book as a present on her little sister s birthday, Big Sister and Little Sister, by Charlotte Zolotow, that I find a little hard to read right now It tells the story of a big sister who always took care of her little sister and always told her what to do and always comforted her when she cried I myself am a big sister, but I don t have a little sister I have a little brother Nonetheless, the parallels still apply One day, the little sister, tired of being told what [...]

    12. Jill on said:

      I liked Three Junes when I read it, but couldn t finish The Whole World Over Halfway through I See You Everywhere I started skimming, and stopped reading altogether when I got to, oh, the twist.The vignette format was jarring and it was often not apparent which sister was narrating which story While the dates assigned to the vignettes suggested that the sisters were aging, they never seemed to actually learn anything or gain any insight into themselves or anyone else, making them very static cha [...]

    13. Jean on said:

      One reviewer noted that the chapters of this book seemed like individual short stories that s probably the most positive spin one could put on this book The early chapters seemed discontinuous, with the chapters told alternately in the voice of one of the two sisters, Clem and Louisa The very first chapter, and a rather boring one, seemed to have little to do with the rest of the book What was all that about the sisters family tree, the great aunts, Great Aunt Lucy and her coveted cameo After a [...]

    14. Jane on said:

      This was a choice for our local book club, so I dutifully read it I m not sure it s one I would have been wild about reading if it were not for the necessity of doing so Author Glass has some good moments she s an award winner for a previous book that I have not yet read , but at times the writing seemed a bit clunky to me, and after awhile, the vast numbers of Clem s boyfriends became hard to keep track of Clem and her older sister, Louisa, make their way through life with Clem as the wild, mag [...]

    15. Pam on said:

      I found the book to be well written and a pleasant read I didn t identify really strongly with either character and was thinking that it was one of those books that just didn t grab me but I must admit I in no way shape or form saw the suicide coming I remember rereading the sentence and thinking where the H did that come from It seemed really out of character I wondered what I missed then wondered if that was the point the sister never saw it coming either That the urban sister was ascribing th [...]

    16. Anne on said:

      I gave up on this one about half way through I didn t like and couldn t relate to either of the 2 main characters at all, but I stuck with it longer than i should have because I loved Julia Glass other two books When one of the sisters is diagnosed with cancer, I gave up why bum myself out when I don t like the character anyway.

    17. Kerry on said:

      Glass is aptly named she reflects life back at us in in ways we can t help but admire She is one of the authors I go to when I can t stand half baked, poorly paced, draft like writing that passes for literature often than not Glass is than a writer, as all really good writers should be she s an artist of communicating the subtle features of life that make it both beautiful and tragic and of capturing elements of humanity that we deal with daily but, as a species, continue to be confused by Thi [...]

    18. Rachel Ruggiero on said:

      The first 5 6 of the book were very captivating and I enjoyed the progression as the years went on per chapter However, the ending felt disconnected and thrown in there, which changed the whole vibe of the book.

    19. Schmacko on said:

      Julia Glass new book is a beautiful balance of accessibility and artistry This skillful combination of readability and craft is a welcome turn from the author who won the National Book Award with her intricate first novel Three Junes Her second novel, The Whole World Over, shot for a wider audience only to feel mired in formulaic soap opera mediocrity.So I See You Everywhere is quite an achievement on so many levels First of all, most popular and accessible works achieve these labels because the [...]

    20. Christine Zibas on said:

      The best indicator of a good writer is someone who upon telling a story can cause the reader to suspend belief that the characters who inhabit the book are mere fiction For me, I See You Everywhere did just that I can honestly say that at one point while reading the book, I actually began to cry, and I can t remember the last time a book had that impact on me It may not have the same driving emotional force on everyone, but Glass s powerful storytelling will engage you and deliver.While Three Ju [...]

    21. Charity on said:

      I was thrilled when I saw this book at the library, and snatched it up This was one of the first books I borrowed with my NYPL library card, and is definitely a worthy book This book is incredible once again, Julia Glass manages to bring such depth to her characters This time around, her main characters are two sisters who have almost nothing in common except for the fact that they are related and they love each other This book alternates between the sisters point of views and spans over a 10 ye [...]

    22. Brian on said:

      I tend to rate or describe books in terms of story since that seems fundamental to fiction In that respect alone, I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass is disappointing While its genesis is a collection of separately published short stories signalled by the repeated brief but unnecessary backstory passages where the first person narrator babbles about things the novel version reader already knows there is a compelling and consistent narrative that ties each titled story chapter together In the bro [...]

    23. lixy on said:

      I loved Three Junes so so much, that I ve wanted to love everything else JG has written This novel isn t as awful as her second one, but it is also disappointing in a similar way it feels naive and pat Although compelling enough that I finished it, and very occasionally touching, mostly it s facile and simplistic in its descriptions and themes of nature science and wild animals , and the characters seem too credulous, their lives ingenuously perfect even in their experience of despair, anger, lo [...]

    24. S on said:

      I had really liked Julia Glass s first book Three Junes so when I saw this book on the shelf of my local library which by the way is where I get ALL my books , I enthusiastically grabbed it This is the author s third novel and I had not heard anything about it The story is about the relationship between two very different sisters each told in their own voices over the course of twenty years This intrigued me and I thought it would be a study on how sisters can be different but close but it wasn [...]

    25. Jess on said:

      The format it intriguing, switching back and forth between two sisters over the years, but it took me a few sections to figure out what was going on We get each sister s perspective on a certain point in time, each moment has well drawn minor characters and usually a strong sense of setting, and Louisa and Clem both manage to be sympathetic and flawed at the same time But then we jump forward in time, and we rarely meet those characters again, and things are often left unresolved from one point [...]

    26. Jo on said:

      The author chose to write this book in the viewpoint of both sisters Louisa has a passion for art and Clem the same passion as a guardian of wildlife Ordinarily, I find reading a book that has than one viewpoint very confusing and disjointed However, Julia Glass manages to pull this technique off The viewpoints are separated into segments and Glass mentions the other sister in the first couple of paragraphs so you know which character you are following The first third of the book I read with a [...]

    27. Amy on said:

      I had high hopes for this book, as I do for every book that is about sisters I did enjoy it, but I also struggled with some aspects The beginning was a tad confusing as the story was told by each sister alternately The author did not make this very clear at first, but I soon got the hang of it I felt the story was about the selfishness of human beings than anything else I wanted to shake both sisters at times, and of course, I wanted to rescue them as well Although sisters, these women know ver [...]

    28. Kristin (Kritters Ramblings) on said:

      What a book A powerful and insight book into the struggles between sisters Being a half of a sister pair, I am the older one, but our lives and roles have changed throughout the years even by the week We have each had to take a back burner to the other in our parents eyes when our lives have been up or down We have shared in the joy and the pain of each other s life circumstances I believe that sisters challenge each other than any other relationship out there you fight to be on top, but you pr [...]

    29. Judith on said:

      At first I couldn t figure out which sister was talking, because the narration goes back and forth between these two perfect sisters who are lightly dusted with flaws in an attempt to make them real people But after awhile I didn t care which sister it was because they were equally annoying And the men who love them are like no men you ve ever met thankfully For example here s Luke, Clem s boyfriend, talking to her sister Louisa You know how you get to a point in a relationship where it feels li [...]

    30. Erika on said:

      It s been a long while since I ve read such a breathtakingly beautiful novel One that captivates me to stay up late to read, makes me rejoice at the use of language and elegant writing, and keeps me wanting to read every single page without skipping ahead I found this book to be just that I mean, here s just a sample from this novel, told from two sisters, about the love hate relationships found between sisters, their parents, and their lovers No one belongs to us, and we belong to no one not in [...]

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