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Did You Ever Have a Family (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2015; vuoden 2016 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:bnhobson
Teoksen nimi:Did You Ever Have a Family
Kirjailijat:Bill Clegg (Tekijä)
Info:Gallery/Scout Press (2016), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 95) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
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 |
Note that the title is not a question -- it is more the beginning to an anecdote that begins innocently enough, but soon finds itself on unstable ground. The main character, June Reid had a family, but they are all tragically taken from her in a gas explosion on the morning of her daughter's wedding. Daughter Lolly, fiance Will, ex-husband Adam and her current boyfriend Luke were all in the house and she was out on the lawn when it happened. It makes you wince just to imagine it. But the story is parceled out bit-by-bit which makes it readable rather than completely lamentable. Various characters have a say: June, Luke's mother Lydia, Will's parents and a variety of others who seem very incidental until you realize just how tightly woven the human race can be in an interesting case of 6 degrees of separation. The tragedy takes place in CT, and June flees immediately after the last funeral, west to Washington to grieve and try to make sense of the whole thing. Some characters and their stories remain grounded in the small CT town, and others are added to the mix in Moclips, the tiny community on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Through the journey, the story is revealed and it has some captivating twists. Tough subject matter, but the overall tale of healing and facing reality is uplifting. One of the characters, Cissy, reflects: "Rough as life can be, I know in my bones we are supposed to stick around and play our part...Someone down the line might need to know you got through it. Or maybe someone you won't see coming will need you...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. (p. 291) ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 95) (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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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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