The Bookies II reading group chose this book for it’s April 16 selection and because I enjoyed it so much (rating 9.25) I volunteered to do the discussion questions. Well – I read it last September and really don’t remember all that much about it. https://beckylindroos.wordpress.com/092015-2/did-you-ever-have-a-family/
Therefore, a reread wouldn’t hurt although I certainly feel like I remember it – otoh, looking through the questions provided by Simon & Schuster I wasn’t sure I could answer them very well – so – reread time. 🙂 – And I am SO SO glad I did.
Did You Ever Have a Family – x2
by Bill Clegg
2015 / 304 pages
rating – 9.5 / contemp fiction
And we’ll start with the SETTING:
Wells – a tiny old touristy town not far from Hartford, Connecticut. The time frame is contemporary with some backstories of up to 35 years. The town is gossipy and mostly rather close-minded.
A fire has just consumed June Reid’s home on the night before her daughter’s wedding. Four people die in the fire.
On my first reading I was so concerned with how the fire started I didn’t have time to pay attention to the incredibly literary skill which Bill Clegg brought to this book, his first novel. >>> MORE WITH SPOILERS – notes, character lists, themes, etc.