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Louisa et Clem

3.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,933 Ratings  ·  931 Reviews
Louisa and Clem: two sisters who love each other more the further they move apart.

Louisa is the elder one, the conscientious student, precise and careful, who yearns for a good marriage, a career, a family. Clem, the archetypal younger sibling, is the rebel: uncontainable, iconoclastic, committed to her work but not to the men who fall for her.

Alternating between their voi
426 pages
Published March 3rd 2011 by Edition des deux terres (first published October 14th 2008)
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Dec 24, 2008 H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems you really like Julia Glass or you really don't, judging from other reviews. I fall into the really likes group. I inhaled this book, a series of snapshots told alternately by two sisters. I find Glass's characters believable and layered, and her short story-like style suits my taste. It helps that this book is about one of the themes I find most fascinating - the inability to really live outside ourselves and understand others as more than who they are in relation to ourselves, and the ...more
Oct 29, 2008 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was very, very disappointing. I enjoyed both her previous books immensely, but I just couldn't go where this book was trying to take me. Firstly, the book is set up almost like a collection of connected short stories, and I'm not really a fan of short stories, so perhaps that's why my initial reaction wasn't positive. But I stuck with it and began to find myself invested in this tale of two sisters, even though the prose seemed mostly distant and cold...and then the book takes this rad ...more
Feb 07, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated how this book honestly portrayed the complexity of relationships between sisters. Rather than presenting sisters who are best friends, who talk all of the time, etc., this book delves into the ups and downs, jealousies, regrets, and love/hate behaviors that characterize most sibling relationships over the course of a lifetime. The book begins in 1980, when Clem and Louisa are in their 20s, and spans the course of 25 years (chapters jump ahead one, five, and 10 years). Each chapters ...more
Jan 03, 2010 Belinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Julia Glass's first two novels -- the characters touched me, the storylines were engaging. However, something went terribly awry with this book. It's like Julia was kidnapped by Jodi Picoult, spoonfed some kind of noxious character-withering pablum, and then released to finish up this book while still in some state of disorientation.

This is to say, "I See You Everywhere" was churning along OK until one horrible twist in the storyline. You've had this happen, I'm sure. You're readi
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
This is why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. The cover and title seemed very interesting to me, but this book was anything but. From the very start of this book, I just found it dull and I couldn't get into it. Though it did get a little more interesting around the midway point, it was still nothing captivating. I found the writing to be a little erratic, like the author was just moving from one event to the other, disregarding anything else - I felt the same with the two sisters relatio ...more
Oct 25, 2008 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in two days. I really adore Julia Glass' writing style.It's so smooth and full of beauty. I was surprised to see that the pieces in the book had originally been published as stories in other places, because they feel so cohesive. The only peeve I have with it, which is why it doesn't get 5 stars is that the first chapter has these really annoying POV shifts between the two sisters, both are in first person and the name of one of the characters is, bothersomely, Clement. So it is real ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I took two weeks to read this story, about Clem (loved that shortened name for Clement) and Louisa, where we hear alternatively from each sister, from their adolescence to their thirties. I wasn't really liking the change of voice as it was confusing to me, but this ended up being a small issue compared to my general dislike of the book. The whole way along, I was trying to feel a closeness to the two sisters, but I was consistently thinking to myself 'they're trying to tell me something, trying ...more
Jul 13, 2009 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her novel Julia Glass explores the lives and the interrelationship of two sisters over a period of twenty years, picking up the story when the two women are in their early twenties. Chapters alternate between the first person voice of each sister, capturing the point of view of Louisa and Clem, as the author fleshes out the character and growth of each of the sisters, each woman choosing totally different lifestyles and yet the bond of sisterhood and connective thread remains.

I enjoyed the st
Nov 13, 2008 LARRY rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
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I really tried to like this book since it was written by Julia Glass. I've heard so much about Glass and "The Three Junes". However, I just could not connect to this story.

*I See You Everywhere* is about 2 sisters, who have grown apart through the years. Yet, they remain in touch or even visit, especially during tragic events. Louisa, the elder sister, is the stable one with a rooted job and a consistent love interest. Chem, the other one, travels the world,
Dec 27, 2009 Jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I liked "Three Junes" when I read it, but couldn't finish "The Whole World Over." Halfway through "I See You Everywhere" I started skimming, and stopped reading altogether when I got to, oh, the twist.

The vignette format was jarring and it was often not apparent which sister was narrating which story. While the dates assigned to the vignettes suggested that the sisters were aging, they never seemed to actually learn anything or gain any insight into themselves or anyone else, making them very st
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Jan 19, 2013 Jean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One reviewer noted that the chapters of this book seemed like individual short stories; that's probably the most positive spin one could put on this book. The early chapters seemed discontinuous, with the chapters told alternately in the voice of one of the two sisters, Clem and Louisa. The very first chapter, and a rather boring one, seemed to have little to do with the rest of the book. What was all that about the sisters' family tree, the great-aunts, Great-Aunt Lucy and her coveted cameo? Af ...more
Jun 06, 2009 Pam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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May 04, 2009 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a choice for our local book club, so I dutifully read it. I'm not sure it's one I would have been wild about reading if it were not for the necessity of doing so. Author Glass has some good moments (she's an award winner for a previous book that I have not yet read), but at times the writing seemed a bit "clunky" to me, and after awhile, the vast numbers of Clem's boyfriends became hard to keep track of. Clem and her older sister, Louisa, make their way through life with Clem as the wil ...more
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Dec 17, 2009 S rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had really liked Julia Glass's first book "Three Junes" so when I saw this book on the shelf of my local library (which by the way is where I get ALL my books), I enthusiastically grabbed it. This is the author's third novel and I had not heard anything about it.

The story is about the relationship between two very different sisters each told in their own voices over the course of twenty years. This intrigued me and I thought it would be a study on how sisters can be different but close but it
Aug 17, 2009 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author chose to write this book in the viewpoint of both sisters. Louisa has a passion for art and Clem the same passion as a guardian of wildlife. Ordinarily, I find reading a book that has more than one viewpoint very confusing and disjointed. However, Julia Glass manages to pull this technique off. The viewpoints are separated into segments and Glass mentions the other sister in the first couple of paragraphs so you know which character you are following.
The first third of the book I rea
May 19, 2015 Liza rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sucked
I loved Three Junes so so much, that I've wanted to love everything else JG has written. This novel isn't as awful as her second one, but it is also disappointing in a similar way: it feels naive and pat. Although compelling enough that I finished it, and very occasionally touching, mostly it's facile and simplistic in its descriptions and themes of "nature" "science" and "wild animals", and the characters seem too credulous, their lives ingenuously perfect--even in their experience of despair, ...more
May 25, 2009 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best indicator of a good writer is someone who upon telling a story can cause the reader to suspend belief that the characters who inhabit the book are mere fiction. For me, “I See You Everywhere” did just that. I can honestly say that at one point while reading the book, I actually began to cry, and I can’t remember the last time a book had that impact on me! It may not have the same driving emotional force on everyone, but Glass’s powerful storytelling will engage you and deliver.

While “Th
Feb 10, 2009 Schmacko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julia Glass’ new book is a beautiful balance of accessibility and artistry.

This skillful combination of readability and craft is a welcome turn from the author who won the National Book Award with her intricate first novel Three Junes. Her second novel, The Whole World Over, shot for a wider audience only to feel mired in formulaic soap opera mediocrity.

So I See You Everywhere is quite an achievement on so many levels. First of all, most “popular” and “accessible” works achieve these labels bec
Aug 30, 2011 Charity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled when I saw this book at the library, and snatched it up. This was one of the first books I borrowed with my NYPL library card, and is definitely a worthy book. This book is incredible- once again, Julia Glass manages to bring such depth to her characters. This time around, her main characters are two sisters who have almost nothing in common except for the fact that they are related and they love each other. This book alternates between the sisters’ point of views and spans over a ...more
I tend to rate or describe books in terms of “story” since that seems fundamental to fiction. In that respect alone, I See You Everywhere 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 ...more
The format it intriguing, switching back and forth between two sisters over the years, but it took me a few sections to figure out what was going on. We get each sister's perspective on a certain point in time, each moment has well-drawn minor characters and usually a strong sense of setting, and Louisa and Clem both manage to be sympathetic and flawed at the same time. But then we jump forward in time, and we rarely meet those characters again, and things are often left unresolved from one poin ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
What a book! A powerful and insight book into the struggles between sisters. Being a half of a sister pair, I am the older one, but our lives and roles have changed throughout the years - even by the week. We have each had to take a back burner to the other in our parents eyes when our lives have been up or down. We have shared in the joy and the pain of each other's life circumstances. I believe that sisters challenge each other more than any other relationship out there - you fight to be on to ...more
Jan 10, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-books
I had high hopes for this book, as I do for every book that is about sisters. I did enjoy it, but I also struggled with some aspects. The beginning was a tad confusing as the story was told by each sister alternately. The author did not make this very clear at first, but I soon got the hang of it. I felt the story was more about the selfishness of human beings than anything else. I wanted to shake both sisters at times, and of course, I wanted to rescue them as well. Although sisters, these wome ...more
Louise Behrendt
Aug 21, 2016 Louise Behrendt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story about sisters Clem and Louisa, and how their relationship changed ( and did not change) over the years. I do not share the confusion expressed by others concerning the lack of change in voice for the alternating chapters told from each sister's viewpoint; seemed different enough to me such that I identified a favorite sister early on. The artsy one vs. the nature-loving one...The twist at the end came out of the clear blue; but the emotions it stirred seemed heartbreakingly ...more
Jan 24, 2009 Judith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At first I couldn't figure out which sister was talking, because the narration goes back and forth between these two perfect sisters who are lightly dusted with flaws in an attempt to make them real people. But after awhile I didn't care which sister it was because they were equally annoying. And the men who love them are like no men you've ever met (thankfully). For example : here's Luke, Clem's boyfriend, talking to her sister Louisa : " ' You know how you get to a point in a relationship wher ...more
Mar 14, 2009 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long while since I've read such a breathtakingly beautiful novel. One that captivates me to stay up late to read, makes me rejoice at the use of language and elegant writing, and keeps me wanting to read every single page without skipping ahead. I found this book to be just that. I mean, here's just a sample from this novel, told from two sisters, about the love/hate relationships found between sisters, their parents, and their lovers:

"No one belongs to us, and we belong to no one --
Jan 05, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julie Glass' characters are super-believable. I loved this novel--the dynamic between two complicated sisters was utterly real and intriguing to me. As someone with a younger sister who's been a friend into adulthood, I would've detected a false note in a heartbeat--and never did. The mother character is hilariously authentic. As the two rival sisters waver from strained resentment of each other to a deep and utter need for sisterhood, this book is about seized opportunities, missed chances, pas ...more
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Feb 03, 2016 Vanne Stch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I guess that’s how well you know me. You think I like hearing this news.”
“I’m sorry. This is selfish. I just need to tell someone … outside my life. Get it out of my
head, to keep from going nuts, but somewhere safe.”
She sees me as safe? This brings tears to my eyes.
“I trust you, Clem. Are you pissed?”

“God, Lou. Don’t you think I want you to have what you want?”
“You’re my sister. You’re supposed to want those things for me.”
“You can’t have it both ways, Lou. When things get bad, you can’t call m
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Julia Glass is the author of Three Junes , which won the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction, and The Whole World Over . She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her short fiction has won several prizes, including the Tobias Wolff Award and the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Meda ...more
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