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Did You Ever Have a Family (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2015; vuoden 2015 painos)

– tekijä: Bill Clegg (Tekijä)

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On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter's fiancé, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke--her entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor. Alone 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 heartbreak. From 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 light.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:Maureen_McCombs
Teoksen nimi:Did You Ever Have a Family
Kirjailijat:Bill Clegg (Tekijä)
Info:Gallery/Scout Press (2015), Edition: First Edition, 304 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 96) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
If you love great literature that totally brings you into the lives and stories of the characters then this is a book for you. Hell, if you are actually HUMAN then this is a book for you. I was blown away by how wonderfully complex this seemingly simple novel is. It is truly an onion that slowly reveals itself as you peel it. It is a great example of showing not telling. Nothing is shouted at you or explicitly stated, it all shows itself through the actions and interactions of the characters.

There are a number of important themes in the book, friendship, betrayal, love, pain, loss, and so much more. I will NOT say anything directly about the plot because if you want to read this book you should discover it as you read it (note to all reviewers...LESS PLOT!), but I will talk a little about one of the themes that really spoke to me, the pernicious and destructive effects of gossip. Here is one of the lines I highlighted in the book, "But his mother never backed down, never allowed for the possibility that she or any of the other gossips in town were wrong..." And as with almost all gossip, they were wrong. I hope that everyone who reads this book thinks twice about spreading rumors or gossip, which is obviously so easy in our interconnected age. It has power and that power is pretty much always negative. No one in this book is perfect, it is far too real to go down that ignorant path, but they are all HUMAN and yes, have made mistakes, but also mostly want to try and do what is right and what is best for themselves and those they love. Figuring out what those actions are is much harder than we often think.

I was totally absorbed in how each little choice, action, reaction, or inaction in this book created complications or problems that were totally unforeseen or even contemplated in a number of cases. It all felt very real and emotional. I will say that there was a scene late in the book, the end of Chapter 31 I think, the essentially left me crying as I finished reading it. It was so beautifully written and every action in it had been earned through the entirety of the book. The depiction of kindness, love, and non-judgment just warmed my soul. These were the good type of tears.

Anyway, I'm sure this is not everyone's cup of tea but I was simply blown away by this book. I can see why it is on the National Book Award long list. The author is a literary agent who has previously written memoirs, this is his first novel. I think all those books he has had to read in his "day job" have paid off, this is a stunning fiction debut. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
As I started this book, I soon realized that I had to start a legend just so I could keep the characters straight. Once I did that, the story was easier to follow. This story intertwined so many lives, without any logical reason. (Six degrees of separation, I guess.) I wish the characters would have been a little more developed, but still a good read. ( )
  BookLove80 | Mar 12, 2021 |
A love story in the context of an unthinkable tragic event told from different people's perspectives. Lots of things going on here but the author made everything come together with some unexpected twists. I enjoyed this book and recommend it. Support your local library! ( )
  ChetBowers | Mar 10, 2021 |
A tad bid of a bummer, but I loved it! I did this as an audiobook. The author read it. At one point I had to jot down the characters as there were so many read in the same voice that I was getting confused. I would recommend reading it. I think this will make an excellent book club discussion book. ( )
  katelindsey | Feb 27, 2021 |
What an intriguing tale. Told from multiple points of view--primarily two women, each of whom has lost their grown child in an explosion that took place in a small Connecticut town, but also by a teenager, townspeople, women who run on a motel on the Pacific Northwest--it is in many ways the story of the town itself. Fulltime residents are essentially the servant class to the wealthy part-timers who come from the city to stay for long weekends, but not to put down roots. Outsiders are begrudgingly tolerated (if not welcomed) and people who are different are barely tolerated at all. But times are changing, and the town is contrasted with the coastal community to which several of the characters are drawn. There is plenty of mystery here: was the explosion an accident? Who was responsible? How do you recover from devastating loss? Beautifully told, I was fascinated by each character's voice and they linger in my memory, as I wonder what happens next. ( )
  AnaraGuard | Nov 1, 2020 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 96) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Catastrophe and misfortune are a novelist’s friends, dramatic devices that provide a plot and let characters demonstrate their range. Tragedies tunnel through life, and the suspense comes from seeing how these spaces will be filled. This is what excites us about books that begin with a sorrowful bang. Grief is sad — we know that — but what now? How will these particular characters respond? What else do you have to give us?

In his masterly first novel, “Did You Ever Have a Family,” Bill Clegg gives us June Reid, a small Connecticut town and a fire on the eve of June’s daughter’s wedding that obliterates everything: June’s home, her boyfriend, her ex-husband, her daughter and her daughter’s fiancé. How could anyone react to such unfathomable loss? June responds by making a zombielike crawl west to a seaside motel in Moclips, Wash., where she now hides, rarely leaving her room.
 
Like Anne Tyler, another contender for this year’s Man Booker, Clegg is a master of investing the mundane with what John Updike called “its beautiful due”. ....What sustains us in the end is sympathy, kindness, the electrical hum of connection with others, however faint. Clegg takes occasional missteps –the unlikely redemption offered by an unsent letter accidentally discovered seems like cheating – but for the most part this is a wonderful and deeply moving novel, which compels us to look directly into the dark night of our deepest fears and then quietly, step by tiny step, guides us towards the first pink smudges of the dawn.
 

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You should have
   heard him, 
      his voice was
unforgettable, irresistible, his voice
was an imaginary garden woven through with fragrance.

Did you ever have a family?
   Their eyes are closed.
That's how I know
   we're there
       inside it, 
it's made of sound and steam
that weaves between dark
dining room, bright kitchen.
We're there because I'm hungry, 
and we'll all be eating soon
        together, and the hunger's sweet

Alan Shapiro, "Song and Dance"
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He wakes to the sound of sirens. Many, loud, and very near.
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On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter's fiancé, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke--her entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor. Alone 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 heartbreak. From 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 light.

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