I See You Everywhere

I See You Everywhere

Book - 2008
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Two sisters, one conscientious and the other rebellious, grow closer as they move farther apart.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2008
ISBN: 9780375422751
Branch Call Number: Fiction Glass
Characteristics: 287 p. ; 25 cm


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A tale of two sisters told through alternating voices from 1980-2005 as they juggle jealousy and adoration in varying doses.

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc 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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