ClassPass Book of the Week: The Perfect Read If You’re Longing For The Hamptons

You likely recognize the name Ann Brashares since she’s the author who brought us Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. She’s back with a new work of fiction that highlights her specialty — exploring the independent stories of connected characters. This one is super interesting as it focuses on a family of divorce.

The Whole Thing Together

Author: Ann Brashares
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
GoodReads Rating: 3.26
My Rating: 4

Who Would Love This Book:

If complicated family dynamics intrigue you, this is a must-read.

Synopsis in 140 characters or less:

Ray & Sasha share a house, a family, and a life but they’ve never actually met. After years of separate lives, their worlds finally collide.

Why You Should Read It:

While it took me a couple times to get the characters down and remember who is related to who, once I nailed it, it was worth it! Lila and Robert are divorced with three daughters. They both end up remarrying and each has another child – Ray and Sasha. While Lila and Robert can’t bear to be in the same company as one another, they have perfected sharing their children and their Hamptons house that neither is willing to sell or give up. This leads to Ray and Sasha sharing both a home, a bedroom and three sisters but never having met each other. That all changes when a family event will force them all in one place.

Intrigued yet? You should be! Brashares has created this incredibly complicated family dynamic to create a story I couldn’t put down. How Ray and Sasha react and respond to one another, how Lila and Robert deal with coming face to face, how the other sisters feel about being in the middle and how the new spouses cope with all the drama makes for a super compelling read.

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Cara Friedman is the Director of Community at ClassPass. When not trying new classes, you can find Cara at the movies, reading her Kindle or celebrating happy hour.