This was a really great book. It is kicked off by a terrible tragedy, but the rest of it is beautiful. I loved how the story is woven through many different points of view, even through people who are only involved in the most peripheral way. It also travels through time, revealing the entire picture one tiny piece at a time.
It’s less about what actually happened to June’s family, and more about how people handle grief, revelation, and forgiveness. It’s full of tiny pieces of kindness, things, like a thermos of soup, that shouldn’t make a difference but actually do.
I feel like I should say so much more, but I read it a few months ago and it’s not as fresh in my mind as it was. But it’s definitely a book I would recommend to anyone. Perhaps my favorite this year.
- “Suffice it to say that all of the characters are interesting in their own right, and that there is much to think about concerning families, grief, guilt, and redemption.” — Booking Mama
- “‘Did You Ever Have a Family’ is a quietly understated and often affecting novel. However, I think it is one where the characters are likely to blur in my memory rather than remain crystal clear.” — A Little Blog of Books
- “But it turns out Did You Ever Have a Family moved me not because of the book itself, but in ways it resonated with thoughts that had already haunted me, and which continue to haunt me.” — Supposedly Fun