The Summer We Fell Apart
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The Summer We Fell Apart

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"[A] well-crafted and cunning debut novel...a testament to the resilience of the human spirit."
--Publishers Weekly

The Summer We Fell Apart by newcomer Robin Antalek is a poignant, funny, and totally engrossing novel of family disasters and sibling rivalry--and it marks the debut of a pitch-perfect new voice in contemporary American fiction. Antalek's tale of the trials and many tribulations of the hapless and more than a little dysfunctional Haas family recalls the work of Sue Miller and Ann Beattie--and is a wonderful introduction to a superb writer whose short fiction has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Glimmer Train's Family Matter's and Short-Story Award and the Bellingham Review's Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 367 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061782165
  • 9780061782169
  • 826,552

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THE SUMMER WE FELL APART tells the story of the four Haas kids.... With every chapter the story grows richer and clearer, as does your appreciation for their humor, their burdens and their devotion to each other. --Juliette Fay, author of "Shelter Me""
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Back cover copy

The children of a once-brilliant playwright and a struggling actress, the four Haas siblings grew up in chaos--raised in an environment composed of neglect and glamour in equal measure. When their father dies, they must depend on their intense but fragile bond to remember what it means to be family despite years of anger and hurt. These brothers and sisters are painfully human, sometimes selfish, and almost always making the wrong decisions, but their endearing struggles provide laughter through tears--something anyone who's ever had a sibling can relate to.
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1,468 ratings
3.4 out of 5 stars
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4 35% (507)
3 38% (558)
2 11% (164)
1 4% (55)
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