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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hannah Pittard Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781478982791
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The author of the highly acclaimed The Fates Will Find Their Way returns with a novel about a far-flung family reunited for one weekend by their father’s death.

Five minutes before her flight is set to take off, Kate Pulaski, failed screenwriter and newly failed wife with scarcely a hundred dollars to her name, learns that her estranged father has killed himself. More shocked than saddened by the news, she gives in to her siblings’ request that she join them, along with 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 foibles are exposed, 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 would claim as an influence, much less a father. Hannah Pittard’s engaging prose masterfully illuminates the problems that can divide modern families—and the ties that prove impossible to break.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • 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
  • “Richly rewarding…A family drama you won’t want to put down.”

    People magazine

  • “That this tale of an epic downward spiral…end[s] on a hopeful note is a testament to the humor and empathy of this very readable family drama.”

    Elle (Canada)

  • “An indelible portrait of a family, messy and raw. Prickly Kate isn’t a particularly sympathetic character—but she feels like a real one.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Wry, emotionally insightful…Reunion succeeds because Kate is so sharp and perceptive about everyone—except, of course, herself…Kate’s voice resonates and elevates the book beyond a family drama.”

    Chicago Tribune (Editor’s Choice)

  • “Fast-paced…[Pittard] makes writing short, lively scenes look easy.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Pittard is working with a fertile premise here—a family’s discovery of one another’s secrets following the death of its patriarch—that bears some unexpected and affecting fruit. The framework feels reminiscent of Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You, but the messy blending of Pittard’s Pulaski clan gives a familiar construction some very particular complications.”

    Shelf Awareness (starred review)

  • “Emotionally astute…When this family of sorts gathers in Atlanta for the funeral, there is tension, pain, comedy, and finally, some healing and resolution. Kate is a winning narrator, whose insights into herself and her family keep the pages turning.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Reunion] takes a warm and witty look at an unusual dysfunctional family and extols the lasting bonds between siblings. Truly engaging.”


  • “Julia Whelan’s comedic timing is on display in this deceptively charming novel…Admittedly, Kate is not immediately likable—she’s often saying, thinking, or doing the wrong things—but she’s fully recognizable. Whelan embraces Kate’s sardonic tone while allowing room for her growing self-awareness. Typical of family reunion stories, truths are revealed, and tensions abound between a wide cast of characters. Whelan succeeds at keeping each of them distinguished and familiar, despite their changing states of emotion or inebriation.”


  • A Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice
  • An October 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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About the Author
Author Hannah Pittard

Hannah Pittard’s fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Oxford American, Mississippi Review, BOMB, Nimrod, and StoryQuarterly and was included in 2008 Best American Short Stories’ 100 Distinguished Stories. She is the recipient of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, a graduate of the University of Virginia’s MFA program, and the author of the novel The Fates Will Find Their Way. She divides her time between Charlottesville and Chicago, where she currently teaches fiction at DePaul University.

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and has also been a finalist for an Audie Award in other years. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer. Her audiobook credits include memoir, nonfiction, romance, supernatural thrillers, young adult, and adult fiction.