Presentation, Q&A & Book Signing: Bill Clegg - "Did You Ever Have A Family"

Event date: 
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

This event will be held at Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY.

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Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize!

From New York Literary Agent Bill Clegg, author of the bestselling memoirs Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days comes one of the most accomplished fiction debuts of the year. Did You Ever Have a Family is an absorbing, unforgettable tale that reveals humanity at its best through forgiveness and hope. At its core is a celebration of family—the ones we are born with and the ones we create.

On the eve of her daughter’s wedding, June Reid’s life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter’s fiancé, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke—her entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor.Alone and directionless, June drives across the country, away from her small Connecticut town. In her wake, a community emerges, weaving a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak.

"The force, range, and scope of Bill Clegg’s Did You Ever Have a Family will grab you with its opening lines, and won’t let go until its final one. I can’t recall another novel that so effortlessly weds a nuanced, lyrical voice to an unflinching vision of just how badly things can go for people. I read it deep into the night, all the way through, telling myself it was getting late, I could finish the book in the morning. I finished it that night, however, slept a few hours, and then, in the morning, started reading it again." ---Michael Cunningham, author of THE HOURS

Clegg has written for The New York Times, Lapham's Quarterly, New York Magazine, The Guardian, and Harper's Bazaar.