Three Junes

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Three Junes
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Author Julia Glass
Country United States
Publisher Pantheon Books
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Media typePrint (hardcover)
ISBN 0-375-42144-0

Three Junes is Julia Glass' debut novel. It won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 2002. [1]

Julia Glass Novelist, journalist, editor

Julia Glass is an American novelist. Her debut novel, Three Junes, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2002.

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Plot summary

Three Junes follows the McLeods, a Scottish family, throughout their lives and relationships. Its members are Paul and Maureen, and their sons: Fenno, and twins David and Dennis. At the opening of the book, Paul is on a tour of Greece, Maureen has died from lung cancer, and Fenno is running a bookstore in New York City. Other important characters include Malachy, Fenno's friend who is a music critic and suffering from AIDS, and Fern, an unwed pregnant woman, whom Paul formerly met on his trip to Greece, trying to recover from his wife's death. Finally, another important character of the book is Tony, a photographer, who is a house-sitter, never living in the same house for more than a few months. He is a catalyst in the narrative development of Fern and Fenno. He is an old friend with Fern and he develops a tumultuous relationship with Fenno.

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The novel is written in three parts, using the flashback technique. [2] The first takes place in 1989 and is told from Paul's perspective; the second, in 1995 and from Fenno's point of view; the third, in 1999 and from Fern's perspective. As Julia Glass has said herself, the book should be viewed not as a trilogy but rather a triptych – elements that may seem small in one section play a large role in another, like a triptych, rather than a consecutive series of novels in a trilogy.

A flashback is an interjected scene that takes the narrative back in time from the current point in the story. Flashbacks are often used to recount events that happened before the story's primary sequence of events to fill in crucial backstory. In the opposite direction, a flashforward reveals events that will occur in the future. Both flashback and flashforward are used to cohere a story, develop a character, or add structure to the narrative. In literature, internal analepsis is a flashback to an earlier point in the narrative; external analepsis is a flashback to a time before the narrative started.

Triptych three-part polyptych

A triptych is a work of art that is divided into three sections, or three carved panels that are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open. It is therefore a type of polyptych, the term for all multi-panel works. The middle panel is typically the largest and it is flanked by two smaller related works, although there are triptychs of equal-sized panels. The form can also be used for pendant jewelry.

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  1. "National Book Awards – 2002". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
    (With acceptance speech by Glass and essay by Judy Blundell from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
  2. "Three Junes (review)". Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
Preceded by
The Corrections
Jonathan Franzen
National Book Award for Fiction
Succeeded by
The Great Fire
Shirley Hazzard