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REUNION

Five minutes before her flight is set to take off, Kate Pulaski, failed screenwriter and newly-failed wife, learns that her estranged father has killed himself. More shocked than saddened by the news, she reluctantly gives in to her older siblings' request that she join them – and 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 deceits are uncovered, 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)

 

 

 

 

Wry, emotionally insightful... REUNION succeeds because Kate is so sharp, and perceptive about everyone — except, of course, herself.
— Chicago Tribune, Editor's Choice
[The] narrative voice — raw, comic, no-bullshit — is what makes this novel shine.
— Bustle Magazine, Best 10 Books of October
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 and we’re forced to grapple with real life and real people.
— BookPage
A warm and witty look at an unusual dysfunctional family... Truly engaging.
— Booklist
REUNION is sharp, funny, and moving, and on every page Hannah Pittard brilliantly captures the sweet enduring chaos of sibling love.
— Jim Gavin, author of MIDDLE MEN
Readers can’t help but pity the luckless narrator whose crummy travel day devolves into a public spectacle of grief.
— Atlanta Journal Constitution
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, via The Millions
With REUNION, Hannah Pittard proves herself to be an alchemist of the highest order. In this unique story about the weirdness of family, she mixes pain and humor together to make something magical. The novel’s main character, Kate, is complex and difficult and untrustworthy and, most importantly, utterly winning, one of the most convincing characters I’ve met in a long time. REUNION slayed me.
— Kevin Wilson, author of THE FAMILY FANG
...a strangely cynical yet satisfying story.
— The Harvard Crimson
Reunion is uproarious, tender, and riveting, a book about the possibility of family and the value of hope. By the time I finished it I felt like a part of the Pulaski family; I didn’t want it to end. Beautifully and hilariously told, it made me fall in love with Hannah Pittard’s writing.
— Anton DiSclafani, author of THE YONAHLOSSEE RIDING CAMP FOR GIRLS