Focusing on three summers in the life of the McLeod clan, this impressive debut novel explores the significance of family and the meaning of love in the modern world. Through a trio of central charactersScottish widower Paul McLeod; his son, Fenno, a gay bookstore proprietor who lives in New York; and Fern, a pregnant artistGlass demonstrates the delicacy of human relationships, bringing the threesome together and apart in a complex narrative that unfolds over the course of a decade. Glass writes with wisdom and compassion as each of her characters comes to terms with the past. With locations as diverse as Greece, Scotland and Manhattan, she demonstrates a wonderful command of setting and detail. This much-praised novel won the 2002 National Book Award and was a national bestseller. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.anchorbooks.com.