The Resource Did you ever have a family, Bill Clegg

Did you ever have a family, Bill Clegg

Label
Did you ever have a family
Title
Did you ever have a family
Statement of responsibility
Bill Clegg
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This book of dark secrets opens with a blaze. On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's world is destroyed when her entire family - her daughter, her daughter's fiance, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke - all die in a house fire, with June the only survivor. She drives away, stricken and alone, from her small Connecticut town to a beach on the Pacific Northwest, and in the turbulence of grief and gossip left in her wake we slowly make sense of the unimaginable. The novel is a gathering of voices, and each testimony has a new revelation about what led to the catastrophe - the wedding caterer who never got paid; the teenage pothead; the staff in the motel where June lives like a ghost; Luke's mother, the town's pariah - everyone touched by the tragedy finds themselves caught in the undertow, as their secret histories finally come to light. Elegant and devastating, and one of the most accomplished first novels of the year, Did You Ever Have a Family is an absorbing, unforgettable story that reveals humanity at its worst and best, through loss and love, fracture and forgiveness. At the book's heart is the idea of family - the ones we are born with and the ones we create
Summary
Surviving a disaster that kills everyone else in her family, June relocates West and settles into a directionless existence while other people impacted by the tragedy struggle with new circumstances
Theme
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2015
  • Library Journal Best Books 2015
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2015
  • ALA Notable Book, 2016.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10435765
Cataloging source
BT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Clegg, Bill
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Grief
  • Life change events
Target audience
adult
Label
Did you ever have a family, Bill Clegg
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
293 pages
Isbn
9780224102360
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780224102360
Label
Did you ever have a family, Bill Clegg
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
293 pages
Isbn
9780224102360
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780224102360

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