Reunion: A Novel

By Hannah Pittard

The writer of the hugely acclaimed The Fates Will locate Their Way returns with a unique a couple of far-flung relations reunited for one weekend by means of their father's death.

Five mins ahead of her flight is decided to take off, Kate Pulaski, failed screenwriter and newly failed spouse with scarcely 100 money to her identify, learns that her estranged father has killed himself. extra surprised than saddened via the scoop, she offers in to her siblings' request that she subscribe to them, with her many half-siblings and so much of her father's 5 former better halves, in Atlanta, their birthplace, for a last farewell.

Written with large center and bracing wit, REUNION occurs over the subsequent 4 days, as family members secrets and techniques are printed, own foibles are uncovered, and Kate-an inveterate liar searching for how to come clean-slowly starts off to recognize the overpowering similarities among herself and the guy she by no means suggestion she'd declare as a power, less a father. Hannah Pittard's "engaging and vigorous"* prose masterfully illuminates the issues which may divide smooth families--and the binds that end up most unlikely to damage. (*Chicago Tribune)

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Battle-ax,” she says. “That’s what I continuously referred to as you. ” No, i feel. That’s no longer what you referred to as me, yet high-quality. i used to be a awful daughter and my father used to be a awful dad. yet might be there’s nonetheless time to be a good stepdaughter. “Want a few booze? ” I say. “You learn my mind,” she hisses, and grips my arm like she potential it. 31 Dad’s favourite through 3 p. m. , the whole gang is the following. The ex-wives: Whitney, Joyce, and Louise. The widow: Sasha. The part siblings: Lily, Stan Jr. , Lauren, Libby, Lucy, and Mindy. And us, the originals: Elliot, Nell, and me. It’s just a little a madhouse in the following. not anyone desires to depart the kitchen. All events are like this. the lounge, the den—it doesn’t topic how great the home is or how great the rooms are, humans get frightened once they enterprise too faraway from the nutrients and booze. available in the market, with the sofas and couches and facet tables, there’s an excessive amount of chance to wander off. Or worse, to be cornered by way of a former stepmother. The part siblings, aside from Stan Jr. , who's and regularly could be a huge Republican ache in my part, aren’t quite that giant a deal. you could inform they need to be right here even under we do. They’re much more fearful of the lounge and den, much more fearful than we're of being stuck clear of the others, being stuck clear of their fellow younger. Lucy, the ten-year-old, is attending to be a pest. She and Mindy are only open air the kitchen, sitting at the backside step of the stairway that leads as much as the bedrooms. I’m making an attempt relatively not easy to keep up a talk with Lily, who’s been telling me approximately her one negative season within the WNBA many years again. yet I hold overhearing Lucy’s high-pitched voice in the back of me. She’s identifying on Mindy—“There’s a lot area in your face” and “Why does your hair appear like that? ” and “You have warts in your feet” and “This residence smells bad”—and I retain making an attempt to not observe. Mindy isn't my accountability. She has an suggest here—her mom, whose apartment this can be. It’s now not my task to seem out for her, yet this Lucy chick is consuming away at my nerves. I’m making an attempt fairly challenging to stick out of it—and attempting additionally to make kind of clever observations concerning the WNBA—but while I pay attention Lucy say to Mindy, “I used to be Dad’s favourite. He didn’t such as you at all,” I become aware of I’ve had adequate. “Whoa, whoa, whoa,” I say, excusing myself from the dialog with Lily and going over to the staircase, the place the women are nonetheless perched. “Lucy,” I say. “That’s completely uncool. ” Lucy is petite and blond and tan. She’s donning fold-over socks with lace round the edges. Her hair is in ideal braids. She is every thing I hate approximately Atlanta. Mindy, who for the get together has turned into lederhosen and a bow tie that i do know for a truth belonged to my mother’s father, is with regards to tears, yet she’s putting in there. The little champ. “Uncool,” says Lucy. “Uncool, uncool. ” “Are you taunting me? ” I say, knowing that slapping a ten-year-old won’t move over good with this crowd. “Are you taunting me? ” she says. Mindy reaches over and holds my hand.

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