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Volume 55 (ships September 30th)

Indiespensable, Volume 55: Did You Ever Have a Family

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Did You Ever Have a Family

by Bill Clegg
(Scout Press)

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* A signed first-edition of Did You Ever Have a Family in a custom slipcase exclusive to Indiespensable
* A collectible booklet featuring the Powells.com interview and Indiespensable Q&A with Bill Clegg
* Other surprises!

Bill Clegg is perhaps best known as a literary agent whose memoirs about addiction and recovery captivated readers, but his first novel, Did You Ever Have a Family, is a spectacular debut. The story of a community's tragedy on what was supposed to be a happy occasion — a wedding — is recounted through the voices of multiple characters. As readers piece together the details of what happened, we also witness their intricate web of connections. Did You Ever Have a Family demonstrates how a tragedy can ripple through many lives in unexpected ways, and how healing and redemption can be found within those connections. Elinor Lipman raves, "I marveled my way through Did You Ever Have a Family, at not just the masterful writing and storytelling, but at the emotional authenticities of every persuasion," and we are equally enthralled with this sensitive, emotionally charged work of finely rendered prose.

An attempt to map how the unbearable is borne, elegantly written and bravely imagined." —Kirkus, Starred Review
Readers may come to this debut novel because of agent/memoirist Clegg's reputation, but they'll stay for the stellar language and storytelling. Highly recommended." —Library Journal, Starred Review
Bill Clegg has woven a richly textured tale of loss and healing. This is a deeply optimistic book about the power of human sympathy to pull us from the wreckage of our fate." — Anne Enright, Man Booker Prize winner for The Gathering


Previous Indiespensable installments:

Indiespensable #52

Our Endless Numbered Days

Our Endless Numbered Days

by Claire Fuller

"Fuller's compelling coming-of-age story, narrated from the perspective of Peggy's return to civilization, is delivered in translucent prose….[A] memorable first work from a talent to watch." Kirkus

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