Thursday, September 22, 2016

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

It is one of the most important days in your life: your only child's wedding day. Family and friends are gathering from afar, plans are all set and the church is decorated and waiting. This is the kind of day June is expecting when her entire world falls apart in Bill Clegg's Did You Ever Have a Family. When a terrible accident takes everyone that means anything to her, June does what she can to survive. She runs.

It this moving novel, we follow June on her journey, but we also are allowed to follow the other characters touched by this awful disaster. We get to know the bride a little, the groom's family, the people who take June in when she needs it and the people she leaves behind. People have complicated stories and Clegg resists the temptation to simplify them. I really enjoyed this book and its beautiful writing. I hope you'll read it.

...We've learned that grief can sometimes get loud, and when it does, we try not to speak over it.

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