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We Are the Brennans: A Novel Hardcover – August 3, 2021
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**INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**
In the vein of Mary Beth Keane’s Ask Again, Yes and Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's The Nest, Tracey Lange’s We Are the Brennans explores the staying power of shame―and the redemptive power of love―in an Irish Catholic family torn apart by secrets.
When twenty-nine-year-old Sunday Brennan wakes up in a Los Angeles hospital, bruised and battered after a drunk driving accident she caused, she swallows her pride and goes home to her family in New York. But it’s not easy. She deserted them all―and her high school sweetheart―five years before with little explanation, and they've got questions.
Sunday is determined to rebuild her life back on the east coast, even if it does mean tiptoeing around resentful brothers and an ex-fiancé. The longer she stays, however, the more she realizes they need her just as much as she needs them. When a dangerous man from her past brings her family’s pub business to the brink of financial ruin, the only way to protect them is to upend all their secrets―secrets that have damaged the family for generations and will threaten everything they know about their lives. In the aftermath, the Brennan family is forced to confront painful mistakes―and ultimately find a way forward, together.
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Congratulations on your debut novel! How did you come up with the idea for We Are the Brennans?
Tracey Lange: I’ve always been intrigued by themes of family and loyalty, and the idea that no two families work the same way. Each has its own code, often passed down through generations. I started thinking about a woman returning home after being absent from her family for several years. All sorts of interesting questions presented themselves, such as what drove her away in the first place, how they would all deal with old and new resentments, and how her return could help shed light on the dysfunction in the family as a whole — because even the most loving families have their struggles.
The Brennan family is large and flawed and complicated, but they rally around each other whenever there is a problem that needs to be solved. How are they similar to your own family? And would you want to be one of the Brennans?
Who wouldn’t want to be one of the Brennans? This is a family that knows each other so well, will always have each other’s backs — even sacrifice for one another. That’s not easy to find. One thing my husband and I have tried to instill in our boys is the idea that nothing comes before family.
My own extended family is flung far and wide, from California to Ireland, and lots of places in between. I have relatives I haven’t seen or talked to in many years. However, I believe I could show up on most of those doorsteps tomorrow and I’d be welcome.
*A Parade Magazine August Pick*
*A New York Post Best New Book*
*A Good Morning America Buzz Pick*
"When we leave the Brennans, they are perhaps more flawed than they were at the start. But that, to my mind, is what makes them feel human, and what makes the book feel real......[A] confident, polished debut novel...”
―The New York Times
"Lange’s engaging family drama is fueled by secrets and full of heart."
“Lange skillfully contrasts the solace of family ties with the paralyzing burden of carrying secrets for too long. Her flawed but big-hearted Brennans will sneak under your skin.”
“In the vein of Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest, We Are the Brennans explores the redemptive power of love in an Irish Catholic family torn apart by secrets.”
“Lange’s richly layered debut…deftly examines the long shadow of family history and the bonds that cannot be broken”
“In Lange’s accomplished debut… she keeps all of the Brennans sizzling with humanity while they grapple with familial loyalty. Fans of intense family dramas are in for a treat.”
"Reading this novel is like getting a view through a lighted window on a family sitting around a table after dark. Who are they? What are they talking about? All families have their own story and the ways they tell it to themselves, and untangling the many strands of this one was deep and richly satisfying. Once I started, I couldn't stop. I read it in one long delicious slide."
―Sarah Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Book
"In We Are the Brennans, Tracey Lange expertly captures the way one harrowing night can forever change a family. The Brennans are a tight-knit Irish family, carrying enough secrets to topple most families. Instead, Lange offers them a chance to heal, reminding us that it’s never too late to mend old wounds and that the things that tear us apart can ultimately put us back together. I devoured every page of this confident, accomplished debut."
―Amy Meyerson, internationally bestselling author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays and The Imperfects
About the Author
- Publisher : Celadon Books (August 3, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250796229
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250796226
- Item Weight : 1.03 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.26 x 1.05 x 9.12 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I liked the ending, it was a good one .The book just needed to be sizzled up, not in a porn way but in a emotional grab your readers way
It needed to be brought to the next level and if it did I think this author would have better success. Definitely willing to try her again, was good enough that I would try her again
Nevertheless, perhaps the author spread the characters too thinly. By inviting the reader into the minds of so many of them, the development fell short. Even when I figured out the motivation behind their actions — guilt, shame, envy, etc. — I still felt cheated out of a robust story.
Still, I didn’t feel like I wasted my time reading this, I just wanted a deeper story.
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La trama è vista e rivista: ogni membro della famiglia ha i suoi segreti e problemi che tiene all'oscuro, nessuno comunica chiaramente, gelosie varie tra la comunità, rapporto conflittuale tra genitori e figli. Tutto si scatena quando l'unica figlia femmina torna a casa dopo essere improvvisamente scappata a New York cinque anni prima - vorrei dire che il mistero del suo cambio di vita sia credibile, ma la realtà è che no, non lo è, anzi è facilmente intuibile sin dall'inizio - e quindi i membri della famiglia sono costretti a dover affrontare i problemi che avevano ignorato per anni.
Il libro viene pubblicizzato molto come la storia di una famiglia con forti radici irlandesi, ma la verità è che potrebbe essere qualsiasi altra nazionalità e non cambierebbe nulla, poiché le origini non sono caratterizzate per niente: viene solo detto che il padre proviene dall'Irlanda e finisce lì la storia.
Lo stile della scrittura è piuttosto base, e la storia nel suo complesso, nonostante non sia nulla di nuovo è godibile.