Did You Ever Have a Family - Bill Clegg

Did You Ever Have a Family

By Bill Clegg

  • Release Date: 2015-09-01
  • Genre: Literary
Did You Ever Have a Family book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 209 Ratings)

Did You Ever Have a Family Bill Clegg Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars


“Masterly.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Daring.” —NPR

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Glamour Magazine’s #1 Pick of “5 Things I’m Loving,” September issue

A Buzzfeed “19 Awesome New Books You Need to Read This Fall” Pick

The 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 tragedy.

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.

Elegant 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.

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User reviews about this book

  • Did You Ever Have A Family?

    By Perky too
    Very interesting and different. Story is told with many different voices and it may be confusing to the reader at first. I finally wrote down names so I wouldn't have to keep going back to the beginning. Interesting that the author could tell such a tragic story without it being depressing. An outstanding book.
  • Tedious

    By joanrth
    Much too slow to unfold with new characters coming in along the way. Not engaging. On to greener pastures.
  • Real and...

    By Sdmmmfl
  • Literature

    By CatMarie11
    This book was great and there were several moments of life affirming connection to the characters and their true pain.
  • Cheesy Heart

    By jscann
    This could have been a great story about a dead-end small town, about rich summer tourists, and class differences, but the author has chosen to anchor this all in a cheesy event worthy of a Lifetime channel movie.
  • Did You Ever Have a Family

    By LAMoses
    I read this book in 48 hours. I could not put it down. The characters were raw, vulnerable, and memorable. I recommend to anybody who yearns for a truly good story to read.
  • Beautiful book

    By Mellie Mel 1970
    Absolutely stunning storytelling. I'll have a book hangover on this one for a while.
  • Did You Ever Have A Family

    By krissaunders6
    A beautiful and heartbreaking story. Once I started reading I could not stop, even though it filled me with sadness throughout. Love and forgiveness even when it seems impossible to even go on. There are no heroes in this story, but there are humans, perfectly flawed.
  • WOW

    By juliusa
    A very short review written through the tears..... WOW! Stunningly simple and beautiful. One of the finest books I've read in years. Thank you.
  • Beautiful story

    By Jcasano
    Absolutely loved this book and hope it's the first of many more novels from this brilliant author.

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