The Whole Thing Together (Hardcover)
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A summer love and loss story centered on a fractured family sharing a Long Island summer home. At the heart of the story are Sasha and Ray, who share siblings, a job and a bedroom, but are not related themselves and have never met. As family members come and go week to week, family drama reaches a devastating climax that bonds the family in surprising ways. Grab a box of tissues and dig into the secrets of this complicated, lovable family!— Bonnie
A beautifully written novel about love, class differences, and betrayal playing out over the course of a fractured American family’s Long Island summer from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares, author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.
“A gorgeously written novel on love, loss and family.” —NICOLA YOON, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything
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.
★ “Masterful.” —PW, Starred
★ “A continuous, consistently engrossing narrative . . . deeply moving.” —The Bulletin, Starred
“A gorgeous exploration of family, secrets, and love.” —Teen Vogue
“You absolutely must read it.” —PopCrush
An Amazon Best of the Month Selection
A Teen Choice Book Award nominee!
About the Author
Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now, 3 Willows, The Last Summer (of You & Me), and My Name Is Memory. She lives in New York City with her family.
Visit Ann online at AnnBrashares.com and follow @AnnBrashares on Twitter.
★ “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, Starred
★ “Readers should have a few hankies at the ready for this deeply moving character-driven story.” —The Bulletin, Starred
“At its heart, this is quintessential Brashares. Introspective questions of heritage are tied together, ultimately, by the bonds of family and the magic of summer.” —Booklist
“A winning novel exploring complicated family relationships, love, grief, and forgiveness. . . . The author’s legions of fans will gravitate to this well-plotted work with mostly believable, thoroughly developed, and relatable characters.” —SLJ
"Brashares delves successfully into the complexities of split and blended families in this novel. . . . The plot is engaging and the characters are well developed. . . . will appeal to new adults as well as high school readers." —VOYA