Did You Ever Have a Family PDF ¿ You Ever Have

Did You Ever Have a Family PDF ¿ You Ever Have LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE AND THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD MasterlyThe New York Times Book Review Daring NPR Kirkus Reviews s Best ofLibrary Journal s Top Ten Best Books ofBooklist s Top Ten First NovelsThe stunning debut novel from bestselling author Bill Clegg is a magnificently powerful story about a circle of people who find solace in the least likely of places as they cope with a horrific tragedyOn the eve of her daughter s wedding, June Reid s life is upended when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter s fianc , her ex husband, and her boyfriend, Luke her entire family, all gone in a moment June is the only survivorAlone and directionless, June drives across the country, away from her small Connecticut town In her wake, a community emerges, weaving a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreakFrom the couple running a motel on the Pacific Ocean where June eventually settles into a quiet half life, to the wedding s caterer whose bill has been forgotten, to Luke s mother, the shattered outcast of the town everyone touched by the tragedy is changed as truths about their near and far histories finally come to lightElegant and heartrending, and one of the most accomplished fiction debuts of the year, Did You Ever Have a Family is an absorbing, unforgettable tale that reveals humanity at its best through forgiveness and hope At its core is a celebration of family the ones we are born with and the ones we create WHAT HAPPENED They were all preparing for a joyous wedding The flowers were picked, the cake was baked, the tent stood majestically ready in the back yard of the old stone house The guest were all in town already the rehearsal dinner went exceptionally well The happiness of the bride and groom was soft on the eyes, their love was unbelievably true Then Four people died in an explosion Lolly, Will, Luke and Adam.On the wedding day a funeral was held instead The volunteer firefighters wa WHAT HAPPENED They were all preparing for a joyous wedding The flowers were picked, the cake was baked, the tent stood majestically ready in the back yard of the old stone house The guest were all in town already the rehearsal dinner went exceptionally well The happiness of the bride and groom was soft on the eyes, their love was unbelievably true Then Four people died in an explosion Lolly, Will, Luke and Adam.On the wedding day a funeral was held instead The volunteer firefighters was donated the cake the hundreds of daisies in jelly jars, were used on the graves of the unfortunate four Their voices forever silenced Rest In Peace It was hoped A mythical silence descended upon those who came to say goodbye But for some of them, the four voices were raging from the graves, begging for their story to be told, calling them each by name Only the truth could set them all free But the trouble with NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH was that it had so many voices Hence, a town, a close circle of friends, family, and the local police had to deal with that very truth COMMENTSWords escape me right now I cannot explain the impact this book had on me Five stars for all the right reasons Most important one is that a deeply touching story can be told in 217 pages Tripple the stars for that alone One of the best books this year by far It was obvious right from the beginning that his book was a jackpot read for 2016 Emotionally it was ripping me apart Like running my fingers up the scales of a piano, the emotions went from deeply touching, to raving mad, to devastatingly sad Somewhere in the middle of this tragedy I wanted to hug them all and promise them that all will be okay Unexpectedly, unbelievably they were Okay They were okay Free at last.A striking title for a book exposing the microscopic building blocks of a small town in Connecticut which they all called home HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Bravo to this author An absolute masterpiece Rough as life can be, I know in my bones we are supposed to stick around and play our part Even if that part is coughing to death from cigarettes, or being blown up young in a house with your mother watching And even if it s to be that mother Someone down the line might need to know you got through it June Reid s daughter Lolly, Lolly s fiance Will, her ex husband and her now boyfriend Luke are killed in a fire while June has to watch It s on the eve of her daughter s wedding The after Rough as life can be, I know in my bones we are supposed to stick around and play our part Even if that part is coughing to death from cigarettes, or being blown up young in a house with your mother watching And even if it s to be that mother Someone down the line might need to know you got through it June Reid s daughter Lolly, Lolly s fiance Will, her ex husband and her now boyfriend Luke are killed in a fire while June has to watch It s on the eve of her daughter s wedding The aftermath with the small town gossip about it possibly being Luke s fault since he is the half black bastard son, who lost his college scholarship and went to jail for drug sales start buzzing His mom Lydia is also left behind She has always steeled herself from the talk in town How otherwise would she have survived having a black child when at the time she was married to an abusive white man This book It s told from multiple viewpoints and sometimes that doesn t work for a story This one is done so very right though The characters in this book seem human and real I feel like I could reach into the book and touch them They are not always like able They have so many flaws Like in the case of Lydia, your heart breaks for this woman but then you learn her story and I wanted to rage at her I couldn t though because by then she was family And it might be you never know the part you played, what it meant to someone to watch you make your way each day Maybe someone or something is watching us all make our way I don t think we get to know why.These characters will stay with a reader for a long time Or at least this reader will carry them.This story makes the reader realize that no matter how small a life or a decision might be that it touches multiple lives.Probably, there will always be wrinkled noses, folks who make jokes about the Moonstone dykes or the little boy on the rez who likes to wear his mom s earrings, or me, the half breed, bastard bitch who lives with her sisters It stops when we die and goes on for those we leave behind All we can do is play our parts and keep each other company Booksource Gifted from a friend Thank you so very much This is a rare exceptional elegant book It s quietIt s tragicI didn t cryI didn t laughI was curious as helland intrigued as can be The writing is gorgeousThe characters each will surprise you with tales, memories, scars What distinguishes this novel from all others It s a question that must be asked Because even if you re not certain of the answer, you are certain that there is definitely a distinction Do not miss reading this novel It s absolutely one of This is a rare exceptional elegant book It s quietIt s tragicI didn t cryI didn t laughI was curious as helland intrigued as can be The writing is gorgeousThe characters each will surprise you with tales, memories, scars What distinguishes this novel from all others It s a question that must be asked Because even if you re not certain of the answer, you are certain that there is definitely a distinction Do not miss reading this novel It s absolutely one of the best fiction books this year Here s a quote I just happened to like When you see someone every day for a while, you settle into a rhythm and you come to count on them even if for nothingthan fifteen minutes each morning they spend sitting at your counter, on one of your stools, talking about the weather and giving you a big smile and thumbs up when they sink their teeth into a poppyseed muffin 5 STRONG STARS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED This is not a genre a read a lotbut when I find a book as good as this oneit always makes me want to scream from the roof tops READ THIS BOOK Whether you want to listenis completely up to you.It s the perfect summer morning for a weddingbut June s daughter will not live to see itnor will anyone else she loves.June loses everything on this perfect summer s day.She loses her daughter her ex husbandher boyfriendher houseShe loses her life as she knew it but luckily This is not a genre a read a lotbut when I find a book as good as this oneit always makes me want to scream from the roof tops READ THIS BOOK Whether you want to listenis completely up to you.It s the perfect summer morning for a weddingbut June s daughter will not live to see itnor will anyone else she loves.June loses everything on this perfect summer s day.She loses her daughter her ex husbandher boyfriendher houseShe loses her life as she knew it but luckily she flees to a place that just may bring her backDID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY is a powerful novel and one of the best things I have read this year

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