We are the Brennans

by Lange, Tracey,

Format: Book on CD 2021
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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.

A Macmillan Audio production from Celadon Books

"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

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Lange's richly layered debut follows an Irish-American family as they confront long-buried secrets that might tear them apart. Sunday Brennan left her family in New York for California five years ago, and has barely kept in touch with her brothers Denny, Jackie, and Shane, or her father, Mickey. Her ex-fiancé, Kale, still doesn't understand why she moved away so suddenly. A serious car accident brings Sunday home and into the thick of the family's problems. Denny's wife and daughter just moved out to get some space from the tension at home. The second location of Denny and Kale's bar is almost ready to open after months of delays and more money spent than Denny can admit. Kale's wife, Vivienne, is suspicious of Sunday's return and the strength of her own marriage. Jackie has been keeping Sunday's secret for five years and is scared that she'll leave again. Mickey's dementia is advancing, yet he remembers his mistakes from years past. Lange deftly examines the long shadow of family history and the bonds that cannot be broken."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "An errant daughter returns to the fold of her Irish Catholic family in Lange's accomplished debut. Sunday Brennan shocked her closely-knit West Manor, N.Y., family when she left for Southern California five years earlier, and devastated her fiancé, Kale. When her oldest brother, Denny, owner of the family's pub, is notified that Sunday nearly killed herself while driving drunk, he reliably fills his role as anchor to his three siblings and his frail father, Mickey. Denny has his own issues, including a recent separation from his wife, who has taken their young daughter with her. When Sunday returns, her homecoming is tinged with resentment, regret, and buried passion for Kale, who has since gotten married, become a father, and partnered with Denny on a new pub. To open it, Denny's taken a risky loan from "Belfast Billy," a guy the Brennans grew up with who works on the pub reno crew. The untrustworthy Billy's dicey role in the pub's future dovetails with secrets involving Mickey's past and Billy's relationship to the family; all this culminates in the revelation of the reason Sunday fled. Lange's narrative perspectives are keenly realized, and 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. Agent: Stephanie Cabot, Susanna Lea Assoc. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Catholic families -- Fiction.
Irish Americans -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Homecoming -- Fiction.
Shame -- Fiction.
Family-owned business enterprises -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Publisher [New York] :Macmillan Audio,2021
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Kreinik, Barrie, narrator.
Macmillan Audio (Firm), publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Barrie Kreinik.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Title from disc label.
Description 8 audio discs (9.5 hr.) ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781250804938
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