A welcome Elliott Bay return is made this evening by Julia Glass, who has read here numerous times over the years, including 2002, when her novel, Three Junes, would eventually receive the National Book Award. She is here this evening with A House Among the Trees (Knopf).
“When the celebrated children’s-book author and illustrator Mort Lear dies in a fall at his Connecticut home, complications quickly ensue ... Glass has created a compelling story with fully realized characters, though there is a whiff of the roman à clef; Lear’s work and the complications of his legacy will inevitably remind readers of Maurice Sendak, though there is much here that is different. But both real person and fictional character inhabited the world of children’s books, which Glass nicely contextualizes, demonstrating that she has done her homework. The result is a fascinating look at a world in which a creative artist becomes a hot property to be both honored and exploited.”— Michael Cart, Booklist.