38. The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass
I seem to have a penchant for picking up books with old widowed men as the main protagonist this year for some reason. This is the third one of I’ve read since February. I really enjoyed this book though. The titled widower is Percy Darling, whose wife died in a drowning accident many years previous to the start of this book. The book is sort of a sprawling tale about Percy, his two daughters, their kids, and some people on the periphery of their lives. It begins with Percy having allowed in old farm house on his property which formerly served as his wife’s dance studio to be converted into a preschool where his eldest daughter now works. Part of the story is told from the point of view of one of her co-workers at the preschool, part of is told from the perspective of a handyman/gardener that helps out there, part of it is told by Percy’s grandson Robert and of course part of it is recounted by Percy himself.
The start of the preschool brings together all the characters mentioned as well as results in Percy meeting the first woman he has dated since the long ago death of his wife. It’s a wonderfully written character driven story. Glass pulls you completely into the world of this family and the small town outside of Boston that they inhabit. I give it an 8 out of 10.