Did You Ever Have a Family

Did You Ever Have a Family

Bill Clegg

NEW YORK instances BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE nationwide booklet AWARD, guy BOOKER PRIZE, PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE, AND ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE • AN ALA outstanding BOOKNAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr by means of Amazon • Library magazine • Booklist • NPR • Kirkus reports • dad or mum • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Google Play • Kobo • Literary Hub • Powell’s

Hailed as “masterly” by way of The ny occasions publication Review, “a brilliantly built debut set within the aftermath of catastrophic loss” (2015 guy Booker Prize Judges).

the beautiful debut novel from bestselling writer invoice Clegg is a magnificently strong tale a couple of circle of people that locate solace the least bit most probably of locations as they focus on a bad tragedy.

On the eve of her daughter’s marriage ceremony, June Reid’s existence is upended while a stunning catastrophe takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter’s fiancé, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke—her whole kinfolk, all long gone in a second. June is the one survivor.

Alone and directionless, June drives around the state, clear of her small Connecticut city. In her wake, a group emerges, weaving a gorgeous and astonishing internet of connections via shared heartbreak.

From the couple operating a lodge at the Pacific Ocean the place June finally settles right into a quiet half-life, to the wedding’s caterer whose invoice has been forgotten, to Luke’s mom, the shattered outcast of the town—everyone touched via the tragedy is modified as truths approximately their close to and much histories eventually come to light.

Elegant and heartrending, and some of the most entire fiction debuts of the yr, Did You Ever Have a relatives is an soaking up, unforgettable story that unearths humanity at its most sensible via forgiveness and wish. At its middle is a party of family—the ones we're born with and those we create.

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