I See You Everywhere

I See You Everywhere

Large Print - 2008
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Louisa Jardine is the older one, the conscientious sister who is a good student, and yearns for a good marriage, a career and a family. Clem Jardine is the younger sister - the uncontainable rebel, daring and irresistible to men, and a constant source of frustration to her more reliable sister.

Alternating between the sisters' voices, I See You Everywhere unfolds across a 25-year span, from 1980 to 2005. It takes us into the dark hearts of jealousy and anger, then waltzes us into the sweetness of affection and devotion.

In this vivid, heart-rending story of what we can - and cannot -- do for those we love, the sisters grow emotionally closer as they move geographically farther apart. Louisa settles in New York, while Clem becomes a wildlife biologist and travels from one exotic place to another.

Publisher: Thorndike, ME : Center Point, c2008
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781602853225
Branch Call Number: LP GLAS
Characteristics: 422 p


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Dec 07, 2014

There's not much material here for a novel, and what there is only comes together in the last third of the book, by which time it's too late to care much about the characters. The novel's drama comes from a sudden and unexpected tragedy, but it feels like the reader has been ambushed into taking interest.

Nov 05, 2012

Somber , compared to "5 Junes" , but I liked it . Julia always develops interesting characters : however , her work tends to fade away , like a wisp of smoke .....

brianreynolds Oct 22, 2012

I tend to rate or describe books in terms of “story” since that seems fundamental to fiction. In that respect alone, <i>I See You Everywhere</i> 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 broadest sense, one could build a case for the whole thing being a comedy of sorts where two sisters who fail for the most part to appreciate each other, finally do. But the fact that, in the end, one of them is no longer living, gives the whole thing much more the feel of a eulogy than a celebration of their union.

To stop there, however, would be a great disservice to a piece of literature that is brilliant in its development of character and its sense of timing. Even on the first, somewhat confusing pages where I struggled to grasp the alternating points of view, I was aware of the treat in store regarding its duet of feminine “voices.” I recalled vividly a time in my own life, a half-century ago, when a then-famous writer dragged me through a porch window in order to eavesdrop on “what women say to each other.” At the time I had no real appreciation of how exclusive and intricate that conversation could be. And here it is in print, in prose that sensually delights, prose so honest I sometimes felt embarrassed to be overhearing ii. The scenes Glass creates can bring both tears of sadness and joy. I laughed aloud in places. In short, if indeed this is “only” a eulogy, it’s a damn fine one.

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