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The Whole Thing Together

by Ann Brashares

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The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2017
    304 pages
    Genre: Novels

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A beautifully written novel about love, class differences, and betrayal playing out over the course of a fractured American family's Long Island summer.

Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they've shared almost everything - reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they've never met.

Sasha's dad was once married to Ray's mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families - and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past.

The choices we make come back to haunt us; the effect on our destinies ripples out of our control ... or does it? This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love.

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"Starred Review. Both funny and tragic, this sharply observed drama recognizes the complexity of split families trying to heal and the ill effects of longstanding grudges. Brashares's masterful orchestration of plot, multidimensional characters, and intriguing subplots will delight her fans and newcomers alike." - Publishers Weekly

"The large cast of angst-y characters with their equally daunting number of angst-y issues impedes deep exploration of any particular character or idea." - Kirkus

"A priority purchase for most collections serving teens." - School Library Journal

"Introspective questions of heritage are tied together, ultimately, by the bonds of family and the magic of summer." - Booklist

"A gorgeously written novel on love, loss and family." - Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything

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Ann Brashares Author Biography

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Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the DC area called Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving her job, she never went to graduate school, and instead, remained in New York City and worked as an editor for many years. Ann made the transition from editor to full-time writer with her first novel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

When asked where the idea for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants came from she replies: "It started with a conversation. A woman I used to work...

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