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Title:
Reunion : a novel
Author:
Pittard, Hannah, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
Physical Description:
271 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"Five minutes before her flight is set to take off, Kate Pulaski, failed screenwriter and newly failed wife with scarcely a hundred dollars to her name, learns that her estranged father has killed himself. More shocked than saddened by the news, she gives in to her siblings' request that she join them, along with her many half-siblings and most of her father's five former wives, in Atlanta, their birthplace, for a final farewell. REUNION takes place over the following four days, as family secrets are revealed, personal foibles are exposed, and Kate-- an inveterate liar looking for a way to come clean-- slowly begins to acknowledge the overwhelming similarities between herself and the man she never thought she'd claim as an influence, much less a father" --
Language:
English
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9781455553617

9781455553624
Format :
Book

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Summary

The author of the highly acclaimed The Fates Will Find Their Way returns with a novel about a far-flung family reunited for one weekend by their father's death.


Five minutes before her flight is set to take off, Kate Pulaski, failed screenwriter and newly-failed wife, learns that her estranged father killed himself. More shocked than saddened by the news, she reluctantly gives in to her older siblings' request that she join them--and her many half-siblings, and most of her father's five former wives--in Atlanta, their birthplace, for a final farewell.

Written with huge heart and bracing wit, REUNION takes place over the following four days, as family secrets are revealed, personal deceits are uncovered, and Kate--an inveterate liar looking for a way to come clean--slowly begins to acknowledge the overwhelming similarities between herself and the man she never thought she'd claim as an influence, much less a father. Hannah Pittard's "engaging and vigorous"* prose masterfully illuminates the problems that can divide modern families-and the ties that prove impossible to break. (* Chicago Tribune )


Author Notes

Hannah Pittard is the author of the novels Reunion --a LibraryReads selection, Chicago Tribune Editor's Choice, BuzzFeed Top-5 Great Book, People Magazine Best New Book, Bustle Top-10 Read, TimeOut Chicago Must-Read, and a Good Housekeeping Hot New Novel--and The Fates Will Find Their Way . Her stories have appeared in The American Scholar , McSweeney's , and other publications. She teaches fiction at the University of Kentucky's MFA program in creative writing.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Kate Pulaski's life is already spiraling out of control when her 69-year-old father, Stan, commits suicide in his condo in Atlanta. Kate hardly cares, but her older brother and sister, Elliott and Nell, want her in Atlanta with them to say good-bye to the man who married four more times after their mother died and sired more children along the way, among them 6-year-old Mindy, his daughter with current young wife, Sasha. But narrator Kate, a failed screenwriter, is more concerned with the likely breakup of her own marriage after her recent affair and how she'll continue to pay off her five-figure credit-card debt and student loans plus how to reveal all this to Nell and Elliott. Kate is a liar who meddles to near-disastrous effect in Elliott's marriage, but she is also funny and charming enough that the bonds of family prevail. Pittard's second novel, after The Fates Will Find Their Way (2011), takes a warm and witty look at an unusual dysfunctional family and extols the lasting bonds between siblings. Truly engaging.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

At the beginning of Pittard's emotionally astute second novel (after 2011's The Fates Will Find Their Way), Kate, a struggling screenwriter, is sitting on the tarmac at an airport; her flight has been grounded because of a storm. While on the runway, Kate receives word that her father is dead. He's left behind a string of ex-wives (five, to be exact), and, in addition to her sister and brother, Kate has a passel of half-siblings. When this family of sorts gathers in Atlanta for the funeral, there is tension, pain, comedy, and finally, a some healing and resolution. Kate is a winning narrator, whose insights into herself and her family keep the pages turning: describing the relationship between her sister and herself, Kate says "Nell and I talk every day, whether we want to or not. We are addicted to conversation. We are in love with ourselves and our banter and maybe even with each other." Kate's voice, the real draw, even extends to the chapter titles ("A Partial List of the Secrets I Keep Track of While I Lie Awake in Bed Most Nights"). (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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