Five minutes before her flight is set to take off, Kate Pulaski, failed screenwriter and newly-failed wife, learns that her estranged father 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.
Pittard’s book forced me to contemplate my relationship with my siblings. I also reflected on the tight bond I possessed with my late mother. I kept asking myself how well I know my siblings and what secrets/issues are they harboring from me since I’m not exactly an open book. Provoking read.
I enjoyed the plausible individual struggles the trio faced, as they ferreted their unresolved feelings towards their father, and as they maneuver the present with their blended siblings and the feelings attached.
Pittard weaves an incredible story, powerful yet splattered with dark humor. The emotions are evident, Kate is a challenging character. She’s a train wreck yet she’s captivating as you wait for her next fumble, you know what’s coming as you hope she miraculously changes the outcome. Pittard excels in creating an unappealing character you can’t get enough of in a weird way, all the characters make you bristle or gasp at some point in some way.
Enjoyable read, Pittard is on my list of authors I want to keep track of, wonderfully written, emotionally charged characters.
About Hannah Pittard
Hannah Pittard is the author of four novels, including two forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: LISTEN TO ME and ATLANTA, 1962. Her second novel, REUNION, was named a Millions’ Most Anticipated Book, a Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice, a BuzzFeed Top-5 Great Book, a Best New Book by People Magazine, a Top-10 Read by Bustle Magazine and LibraryReads, a Must-Read by TimeOut Chicago, and a Hot New Novel by Good Housekeeping. Her debut, THE FATES WILL FIND THEIR WAY, was an Oprah Magazine selection, an Indie Next pick, a Powell’s Indiespendible Book Club Pick, and a “best of” selection by The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, Details Magazine, The Kansas City Star, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, and Hudson Booksellers. She is the winner of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a consulting editor for Narrative Magazine. She teaches English at the University of Kentucky.
Published October 7th 2014 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)