A House Among the Trees

A House Among the Trees


From the beloved author of the National Book Award winning Three Junes. The unusual bond between a world-famous children's author and his assistant sets the stage for a richly plotted novel of friendship and love, artistic ambition, and the power of an unexpected legacy.

When the revered children's author Mort Lear dies accidentally at the Connecticut home he shares with Tomasina Daulair, his trusted assistant, she is stunned to be left the house and all its contents, as well as being named his literary executor. Though not quite his daughter or his wife, Tommy was nearly everything to the increasingly reclusive Lear, whom she knew for over forty years since meeting him as a child in a city playground where Lear was making sketches for Colorquake, a book that would become an instant classic.

Overwhelmed by the responsibility for Lear's bequest, she must face the demands of all those affected by the sudden loss, including the lonely, outraged museum curator to whom Lear once promised his artistic estate; the beguiling British actor recently cast to play Lear in a movie; and her own estranged brother. She must also face the demons of Morty's painful past the subject of that movie and a future that will no longer include him. A visit from the actor leads to revelations and confrontations that challenge much of what Tommy believed she knew about her boss's life and work and, ultimately, about her own."

Title:A House Among the Trees
Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:368 pages

    A House Among the Trees Reviews

  • Larry H

    For me, reading a Julia Glass novel is like returning home after a long trip, or visiting close friends or family. You immediately feel so comfortable, so happy, and so interested in what is going on ...

  • Jill

    I may be one of the few people reading A House Among the Trees who didn’t know beforehand that the book was inspired by the famed children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak and his legendary...

  • Jennifer Blankfein

    For more book reviews and recommendations please go to my blog https://booknationbyjen.wordpress.com Book Nation by Jen. In author Julia Glass’s latest, character driven novel, A House Among the Tre...

  • switterbug (Betsey)

    If you’ve ever read Maurice Sendak’s children’s books, you may recognize the central but now dead (mort) character in Glass’s new novel, Mort Lear. But don’t expect him to be modeled entirel...

  • Donna

    This was my first novel by this author so I wasn't sure what I was in for. But for some reason, I didn't care for this one. It felt long and that is never a good sign for me. The author had some great...

  • Cynthia

    A little uneven, but very good character development....

  • Jane

    Way too cumbersome. I tried for almost 100 pages and then skipped to the end. When I tried to go back and pick it up after leaving it for awhile, I had a feeling of having to go to a job I didn't like...

  • Bonnie Brody

    I have loved every book I've read by Julia Glass and this one is no exception. Her writing is exceptional, her story line fascinating, and the literary quality of her novel is superb.Morty Lear, the p...

  • Kelly

    Reading a Julia Glass novel is like entering another lifetime for a few hours. I tend to favor character-heavy books, and this one does not disappoint. Meredith, Nick, and Tomasina are people whose li...

  • Karen

    Disappointing. ...