I See You Everywhere
A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Year
Julia Glass, the bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of Three Junes, returns with a tender, riveting book of two sisters and their complicated relationship.
Louisa Jardine is the older one, the conscientious student, precise and careful: the one who yearns for a good marriage, an artistic caree...more
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 ...more
I enjoyed the st ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The first third of the book I rea ...more
While “Th ...more
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 ...more
"No one belongs to us, and we belong to no one -- ...more
“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 ...more
I was very apprehensive about reading "I See You Everywhere" because, although I loved "Three Junes," I found "The Whole World Over" to be incredibly tedious (sorry, Julia!). In this new book, Julia is in peak form once again, writing about filial, sibling, and romantic relationships with humor and insight. It is a nuanced and beautifully written book about both the complexities of relationships and how we often over-complicate relationships. The novel is also a ...more