The Summer We Fell Apart

The Summer We Fell Apart

by Robin Antalek

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Overview

“[A] well-crafted and cunning debut novel…a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.”
Publishers Weekly

The Summer We Fell Apart by newcomer Robin Antalek is a poignant, funny, and totally engrossing novel of family disasters and sibling rivalry—and it marks the debut of a pitch-perfect new voice in contemporary American fiction. Antalek’s tale of the trials and many tribulations of the hapless and more than a little dysfunctional Haas family recalls the work of Sue Miller and Ann Beattie—and is a wonderful introduction to a superb writer whose short fiction has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Glimmer Train’s Family Matter’s and Short-Story Award and the Bellingham Review’s Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061782169
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Pages: 367
Sales rank: 889,359
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robin Antalek is the author of The Summer We Fell Apart. She lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.

What People are Saying About This

Juliette Fay

“THE SUMMER WE FELL APART tells the story of the four Haas kids.... With every chapter the story grows richer and clearer, as does your appreciation for their humor, their burdens and their devotion to each other.”

Martha Moody

“The most moving aspect of this very moving novel may be its author’s relationship to her characters. By portraying each sibling’s muddled life with tenderness, respect, and clear-sightedness, author Antalek proves herself to be the ultimate good parent.”

Jessica Anya Blau

“THE SUMMER WE FELL APART is a thoroughly entertaining and often heart- breaking romp through the chaos and comforts of a large and extraordinary family.”

Elizabeth Benedict

The Summer We Fell Apart is a bright, big-hearted novel about the complexities and heartaches of the way we live now.”

Diana Spechler

“Robin Antalek’s debut is as haunting as it is gripping—a story of the events, both mundane and dramatic, that tear a family apart; and of the often inexplicable love that binds a family together. THE SUMMER WE FELL APART is a beautiful, memorable novel.”

Will Allison

“Full of the best kind of heartache, The Summer We Fell Apart is an unforgettable, big-hearted debut that will make you want to pick up the phone and call your own brother or sister.”

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