Reunion

Reunion

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"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" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781455553617
1455553611
Characteristics: 271 pages ; 22 cm

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

Pittard's debut, The Fates Will Find Their Way, was beautiful. I loved being wrapped up in that book. Yet, the story wasn't there. To this day I can tell you some of the scenes and lines that captured me, but I can't really tell you what happened in the story. Feeling unsatisfied, I ached to read more of her work.

Reunion sacrifices some of the beauty in exchange for more plot. It's a good trade. The wonderfully drawn images are still sprinkled throughout, but this time there's a memorable story serving as the backbone of the novel.

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9208adjk
Jan 20, 2015

The protagonist is a train wreck! I didn't even finish the book!

LPL_KateG Nov 18, 2014

I just finished this book after reading it very quickly (only took about an evening and a half to read) and I keep oscillating between 3 and 3.5 stars. I will say this: I preferred The Fates Will Find Their Way (2011). Pittard's writing style is quick and conversational and her characters are flawed in "quirky" and humorous (if slightly superficial) ways. Reading Reunion felt like watching a dysfunctional-family rom-com: enjoyable for sure, but not life altering. Would make a fast and funny read during the holiday season when avoiding your own family drama.

Jrichson Oct 28, 2014

Thanks Debwalker,
Gonna try to get this to read during Thanksgiving holiday when I finish the two I'm currently reading. It seems like it'd be apropos.

debwalker Oct 21, 2014

Messed up family saga when dad dies, leaving 3 ex-wives, one widow and four sets of children with issues, big issues.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

And I do get it; some decisions are irreversible. But like I've said, sometimes it's the irreversible ones that help a person get to know herself a little better. It's the consequences that matter. It's the fact that there are no do-overs that makes life matter at all.

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