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review Did You Ever Have a Family ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB R partner LukeIn the turbulence of grief and gossip left in June’s 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 – Luke’s alienated mother Lydia the watchful motel owners their cleaner Cissy the teenage pothead who lives nearby – everyone touched by the tragedy finds themselves caught in the undertow. 35 Stars The truth will set you free This explosively tragic story of devastating loss has a complex narration told from many different perspectives that I found confusing throughout a good portion of the bookThere is a great story here though that comes together nicely in the last uarter but overall it was a somewhat frustrating read for me with an overabundance of minor characters who distracted from the main eventBased on the high ratings and wonderful reviews I m feeling pretty much alone here but really would have felt connected had the storyline curtailed the players

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review Did You Ever Have a Family ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB As their secret histories finally come to lightLit by the clarity of understanding that true sadness brings Did You Ever Have a Family is an elegant 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 – and the desire in the face of everything to go on living. Did You Ever Have A Confusing Story Generic Narrators And Forced Epiphanies 25 stars rounded up to 3After a woman loses her entire family in an accident she packs up and drives away without telling anyone where she s going or who she is Through the perspectives of a dozen or so narrators we have to piece together what happenedIt s potentially affecting material for sure but the narrators all sound alike whether they re middle aged women or teenage boys Clegg whose addiction memoir The Portrait Of An Addict As A Young Man was gripping and visceral writes in a plain fashion that s meant to be earnest and heartfelt I often found it dullThere s disappointingly little range in his characters voices hence it s hard to tell them apart and the book is nearly humourless I know I know how could tragedy be funny Believe me a born novelist would find a way to insert humour if only for contrast And I m not sure why some sections are narrated in the first person and others are in the thirdPlus call me a curmudgeon but I m getting tired of the interconnected story device the we re all part of the same universe isn t life mysterious structure whether it s in film Babel Crash or booksI love genuine fictional epiphanies but I hate when they re forced and what Clegg tries to pull off here feels slightly phony It s as if he s exploiting a tragic subject for cheap emotion and profundityStill there are a few passages of clear simple prose that are effective and I found the final pages dealing with guilt and redemption uite lovely Just a theory but I wonder if a lot of the acclaim in publishing circles comes from the fact that Clegg is a powerful New York literary agent

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review Did You Ever Have a Family ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB This book of dark secrets opens with a blaze On the morning of her daughter’s wedding June Reid’s house goes up in flames destroying her entire family – her present her past and her future Fleeing from the carnage stricken and alone June finds herself in a motel room by the ocean hundreds of miles from her Connecticut home held captive by memories and the mistakes she has made with her only child Lolly and he. Rough as life can be I know in my bones we are supposed to stick around and play our part Even if that part is coughing to death from cigarettes or being blown up young in a house with your mother watching And even if it s to be that mother Someone down the line might need to know you got through it June Reid s daughter Lolly Lolly s fiance Will her ex husband and her now boyfriend Luke are killed in a fire while June has to watch It s on the eve of her daughter s wedding The aftermath with the small town gossip about it possibly being Luke s fault since he is the half black bastard son who lost his college scholarship and went to jail for drug sales start buzzing His mom Lydia is also left behind She has always steeled herself from the talk in town How otherwise would she have survived having a black child when at the time she was married to an abusive white manThis book It s told from multiple viewpoints and sometimes that doesn t work for a story This one is done so very right though The characters in this book seem human and real I feel like I could reach into the book and touch them They are not always like able They have so many flaws Like in the case of Lydia your heart breaks for this woman but then you learn her story and I wanted to rage at her I couldn t though because by then she was family 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 whyThese characters will stay with a reader for a long time Or at least this reader will carry themThis story makes the reader realize that no matter how small a life or a decision might be that it touches multiple livesProbably there will always be wrinkled noses folks who make jokes about the Moonstone dykes or the little boy on the rez who likes to wear his mom s earrings or me the half breed bastard bitch who lives with her sisters It stops when we die and goes on for those we leave behind All we can do is play our parts and keep each other company Booksource Gifted from a friend Thank you so very much


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  1. says: Read Å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Í Bill Clegg Bill Clegg Í 6 review [Read] (Did You Ever Have a Family)

    Read Did You Ever Have a Family Read Å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Í Bill Clegg Bill Clegg Í 6 review Rough as life can be I know in my bones we are supposed to stick around and play our part Even if that part is coughing to death from cigarettes or being blown up young in a house with your mother watching And even if it's to be that mother Someone down the line might need to know you got through it June Reid's daughter Lolly Lolly's fiance

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    Read Did You Ever Have a Family Bill Clegg Í 6 review [Read] (Did You Ever Have a Family) This is a rare exceptional elegant book It's uietIt's tragicI didn't cryI didn't laughI was curious as helland intrigued as can be The writing is gorgeousThe characters 'each' will surprise you with tales memories scars What distinguishes th

  3. says: [Read] (Did You Ever Have a Family) Bill Clegg Í 6 review Read Did You Ever Have a Family

    [Read] (Did You Ever Have a Family) Read Did You Ever Have a Family This is not a genre a read a lotbut when I find a book as good as this oneit always makes me want to scream from the roof tops READ THIS BOOK Whether you want to listenis completely up to youIt's the perfect summer morning for a weddingbut June's daughter will not live to see itnor will anyone else she lovesJune loses everything on this perfect summer's dayShe loses her daughter her ex husbandher boyfriendhe

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    Read Did You Ever Have a Family Bill Clegg Í 6 review [Read] (Did You Ever Have a Family) Just finished still tears in my eyes Beautiful story full of meaning WOW just WOW I cannot believe how much this book completely hooked me rig

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    [Read] (Did You Ever Have a Family) A uiet stunning novel about family and when tragedy happens how it can stop our life suddenly put it in reverse then moving forward in slow motion change it dramatically This is a story of tragic proportions June Reid’s life is tur

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    [Read] (Did You Ever Have a Family) Bill Clegg Í 6 review 35 Stars The truth will set you free This explosively tragic story of devastating loss has a complex narration to

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    [Read] (Did You Ever Have a Family) Did You Ever Have A Confusing Story Generic Narrators And Forced Epiphanies? 25 stars rounded up to 3After a woman loses her entire f

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    [Read] (Did You Ever Have a Family) Bill Clegg Í 6 review Read Did You Ever Have a Family This book is a beautiful piece of fiction 5 Big Shiny Stars I was so engrossed in the putting the pieces together of the characters before and after the tragedy It was like 6 degrees of separation Highly recommend and that's not because the book took place in Connecticut and the author and I are both from Connec

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    Bill Clegg Í 6 review Read Å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Í Bill Clegg Read Did You Ever Have a Family I'm a bit speechless right now This book was phenomenal in so many ways And for a majority of the book I was real

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    Read Did You Ever Have a Family Bill Clegg Í 6 review [Read] (Did You Ever Have a Family) WHAT HAPPENEDThey were all preparing for a joyous wedding The flowers were picked the cake was baked the tent stood majestically ready in the back yard of the old stone house The guest were all in town already; the rehears

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  • Hardcover
  • 295
  • Did You Ever Have a Family
  • Bill Clegg
  • English
  • 07 March 2020
  • 9780224102353