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Did You Ever Have a Family

Author: Bill Clegg
Publisher: London : Vintage , 2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book of dark secrets opens with a blaze. On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's world is destroyed when her entire family - her daughter, her daughter's fiance, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke - all die in a house fire, with June the only survivor. She drives away, stricken and alone, from her small Connecticut town to a beach on the Pacific Northwest, and in the turbulence of grief and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Clegg
ISBN: 9780224102360 0224102362
OCLC Number: 917527209
Notes: Paperback
Awards: Long-listed for Man Booker Prize 2015 (UK)
Description: 304 p. ; 216 x 135mm
Responsibility: Bill Clegg

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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, June finds herself in a  Read more...

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"Full of small-town secrets and whispers, Bill Clegg has woven a richly textured tale of loss and healing. This is a deeply optimistic book about the power of human sympathy to pull us from the Read more...

 
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