The Widower's Tale

The Widower's Tale

Large Print - 2010
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In a quirky farmhouse outside Boston, seventy-year-old Percy Darling enjoys a vigorous but solitary life. To help his oldest daughter through a crisis, he allows a progressive preschool to move into his barn. The transformation of his refuge into a lively, youthful community compels him to reexamine the choices he's made since his wife's death three decades ago. He can no longer remain aloof from his neighbors, his two grown daughters, or, to his shock, the precarious joy of falling in love.

Meanwhile, Percy's beloved grandson Robert, a premed student at Harvard, joins his visionary roommate in a series of environmental "actions" targeting the well-to-do. Though they begin as pranks, they escalate insidiously, with dire consequences for Robert's family and the people around them.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2010
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781602859197
Branch Call Number: FICTION (LARGE PRINT)
Characteristics: 679 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Jul 29, 2015

very American issues & contemporary tale with a bevy of characters - by times a good read, at others less so....

Aug 03, 2013

Holy cow ! This one had a moving , dynamic plot ! I really liked this book - You touched all the bases with this one , Julia

skd3 Aug 05, 2011

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Mar 21, 2011

A long rather mundane account of a widower's emotions and experience of widowhood and renewed love.

debwalker Jan 02, 2011

The quiet life Percy Darling created for himself after the tragic death of his wife is upended when a progressive school opens in the barn on his property.

RobertaJ Dec 15, 2010

The setting is lovely and essential to the characters and the plot, and the characters are varied in voice, temperament and age. The central character is the 70 year old patriarch of an east coast family, with two daughters and several grandchildren. The plot involves a late-life romance, the conflict between wealth and poverty, lost love, eco-terrorism and what makes a successful preschool!

A good choice if you enjoyed Morningside Heights by Cheryl Mendelsohn (one of my faves) or A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor.


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