A House Among the Trees

A House Among the Trees

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When the revered children's author Mort Lear dies accidentally at the Connecticut home he shares with Tomasina Daulair, his trusted assistant, she is stunned to be left the house and all its contents, as well as being named his literary executor. Though not quite his daughter or his wife, Tommy was nearly everything to the increasingly reclusive Lear, whom she knew for over forty years since meeting him as a child in a city playground where Lear was making sketches for Colorquake, a book that would become an instant classic. Overwhelmed by the responsibility for Lear's bequest, she must face the demands of all those affected by the sudden loss, including the lonely, outraged museum curator to whom Lear once promised his artistic estate; the beguiling British actor recently cast to play Lear in a movie; and her own estranged brother. She must also face the demons of Morty's painful past-the subject of that movie-and a future that will no longer include him. A visit from the actor leads to revelations and confrontations that challenge much of what Tommy believed she knew about her boss's life and work-and, ultimately, about her own.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101870365
1101870362
Branch Call Number: GLASS
Characteristics: 352 pages ; 25 cm

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brangwinn
Nov 29, 2017

I’m a children’s librarian, and as I read the book, I kept thinking this sounds like Maurice Sendak. Then after finishing the book, I discovered his life was the basis of the book. Enjoyable reading, particularly if you like children’s books.

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EmilyEm
Nov 25, 2017

Now that he’s older, Mort Lear—a children’s book author and artist some reviewers think based on Maurice Sendak—lives in a house among the trees in rural Connecticut. Glass’s book tells his story and that of friends and associates, all with their own ‘investment’ in Morty’s life. Beautifully told, the story really becomes one of the boy Ivo in his most famous book, and the question for those who love Morty of who will know and tell his story. It left this reader to ponder who will tell my own. Good question.

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