Did You Ever Have a Family

By Bill Clegg

NEW YORK instances BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE nationwide ebook AWARD, guy BOOKER PRIZE, PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE, AND ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE • AN ALA remarkable BOOKNAMED the best BOOKS OF THE 12 months through Amazon • Library magazine • Booklist • NPR • Kirkus studies • dad or mum • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Google Play • Kobo • Literary Hub • Powell’s

Hailed as “masterly” through The ny instances booklet Review, “a brilliantly developed 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 robust tale a couple of circle of people that locate solace the least bit most likely of locations as they deal with a bad tragedy.

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

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

From the couple operating a hotel at the Pacific Ocean the place June ultimately 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 through the tragedy is modified as truths approximately their close to and much histories ultimately come to light.

Elegant and heartrending, and some of the most complete fiction debuts of the 12 months, Did You Ever Have a relations is an soaking up, unforgettable story that finds humanity at its top via forgiveness and wish. At its center is a party of family—the ones we're born with and those we create.

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And occasionally in a while he could seize her through the shoulders and shake her violently. ordinarily it'd be darkish, so she wouldn’t see him, however the few instances he became on a gentle or the moon outdoors could brighten the room adequate, she could see a face so tortured and much away it used to be as though he have been possessed, like a few form of zombie demon. She knew via then that the one factor in a position to riding a demon away was once one other one; so while she famous whatever that can force Earl and probably the remainder of the city away, she didn’t hesitate. That their demon will be her son used to be the bleak final result, yet she didn’t imagine she had a call. Which used to be now not how other folks observed it, under no circumstances her mom or Connie Morey, who's lengthy lifeless and whose quantity continues to be, like a few hazard from the underworld, carved into the wooden subsequent to Lydia’s mobile. She’s became the ringer down as little as it is going, yet she nonetheless jumps at any time when it jewelry. Ever because the morning while she bought the telephone name from Betty Chandler. He’s performed it now, Lydia, is what she stated, clipped and chilly and far-off as though she have been reporting that the highschool soccer crew was once on a wasting streak. you must recover from to June Reid’s condominium instantly, she additional prior to putting up. Betty Chandler and Lydia grew up jointly, went to an analogous kindergarten, basic, and highschool. They have been even most sensible buddies one summer season and fall once they have been twelve—making barrettes with purple and blue ribbons and promoting them for a buck each—but while Betty’s overweight older brother, Chip, attempted to kiss Lydia, unsuccessfully, after the eighth-grade dance after which advised humans she permit him visit 3rd base, Betty grew to become on her and unfold rumors that she used to be free. similar to that, according to so little or no, she turned her enemy and controlled to stick so for greater than thirty years. Later, whilst Luke was once born and Earl had thrown Lydia out, her mom acknowledged she’d heard Betty telling humans she’d been accepting cash to have intercourse with the migrant staff at Morgan Farm around the country line in Amenia, those who got here from Mexico or the Caribbean each season to choose apples, and that’s how she’d gotten pregnant. Her mom requested her if it used to be actual. As painful as that was once, Lydia by no means blamed her mom or any of them. She knew whilst she discovered she used to be pregnant that if her baby’s epidermis was once even part as darkish as its father’s, she will be forged because the hussy. She by no means refuted any of the tales, by no means advised an individual the reality, now not even Luke, and while he used to be sufficiently old he didn’t wish whatever to do along with her, not to mention a father who were saved a mystery all his lifestyles. there have been sturdy purposes for holding his father a mystery. And in the event that they weren’t solid, they have been, she believed for a very long time, priceless. just one marriage will be upended by means of this child and it'd be hers. again and again she got here as regards to leaving, throwing Luke in her automobile and using away. yet by some means she bought used to the snickering whispers within the supermarket, the nasty gazes from the ladies, and the lewd once-overs from the lads.

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