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Reunion: A Novel (Paperback)

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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 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.

Written with huge heart and bracing wit, 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. 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)

About the Author


Hannah Pittard is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Reunion and The Fates Will Find Their Way. Her stories have appeared in The American Scholar and McSweeney's, among other publications. A consulting editor for Narrative Magazine, she is a recipient of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Her forthcoming novel, Listen to Me, published in 3/16.

Praise For…


"Richly rewarding . . . A family drama you won't want to put down."—People

"Wry, emotionally insightful. . . Reunion succeeds because Kate is so sharp, and perceptive about everyone-except, of course, herself. . . . Kate's voice resonates and elevates the book beyond a family drama."—Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune (Editor's Choice)

"A nuanced and intriguing study of family and love, money and debt, failure and success, starring one of the most likeable flawed narrators to come along in some time."—Emily St. John Mandel, The Millions

"An indelible portrait of a family, messy and raw. Prickly Kate isn't a particularly sympathetic character-but she feels like a real one."—Entertainment Weekly

"Hannah Pittard is the writer you won't be able to stop talking about...She's the kind of writer who gets in your head and makes you evangelize to all of your friends-wide eyes, quick gasp: 'Do you know about Hannah Pittard?' If she's not on your radar yet, she should be."—Buzzfeed

"Fast-paced . . . [Pittard] makes writing short, lively scenes look easy."—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Kate's narrative voice-raw, comic...is what makes this novel shine."—Bustle (An "October Best Book" selection)

"Emotionally astute. . . When this family of sorts gathers in Atlanta for the funeral, there is tension, pain, comedy, and finally, some healing and resolution. Kate is a winning narrator, whose insights into herself and her family keep the pages turning."—Publishers Weekly

"Truly unique and insightful . . . Reunion is a novel of death and life and family. It's about the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive, and what happens when those narratives break down."—Bookpage
Product Details
ISBN: 9781455553624
ISBN-10: 145555362X
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: September 29th, 2015
Pages: 288
Language: English
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