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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.
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 it is a celebration of family - the ones we are born with and the ones we create.
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By Elizabeth on 09-03-15
One of my favorite books, but sadly, read by author
Amazing debut novel. One of my favorite books of 2015 and worthy of the award bestowed on it. This is a sad but beautiful story surrounding a catastrophic event. Many lives experience indescribable grief. Perfect tone. Beautiful words. Just the right length.
When I read the book summary, I thought I could not read a book so full of loss, so full of pain. I am so glad I made the right choice. This powerful story will stay with me for a long time. I will keep my family even closer.
However, as is often the case, authors usually should not narrate their books. Such an amazing story and they couldn't use a a professional? Mr Clegg narrates in a monotone voice as if he is doing a book reading at a library. There are many voices in this story and it was difficult to think of females speaking when he never changes tone. If I had the option of reading rather than listening, I would have returned the audio and bought the book. So I made the most of it and tried to picture him reading the book and enjoyed the story very much. Just listen to the narration first.
29 of 31 people found this review helpful
By jjoh11 on 09-08-15
Writers don't always make the best readers
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I was really enjoying the book but found the narration was so bad I had to buy the written book to finish it. Please consider re-releasing with a different reader.
25 of 27 people found this review helpful