I just spent a few days devouring Tracey Lange’s debut novel, We Are the Brennans. I feel like I am a member of this large Catholic Irish family after reading this beautifully written books that gives you all “the feels”. The book opens with twenty-nine-year-old Sunday making the decision to drive home from a bar after celebrating a friend’s birthday. Sunday has been living in Los Angeles for the last five years in a tiny apartment really just existing. In an area of road construction, Sunny hits a road barrier and wakes up in the hospital and does not remember the accident.
Denny, Sunday’s emergency contact, rushes to LA to be with her while leaving a couple of large problems behind. He convinces Sunny to return to New York to a family who loves each other; however, each has their own secrets. I love how this story is told by the family members you will meet in alternating chapters. I found myself rooting for them, shouting at them, and shedding some tears as the story evolves. I miss this family already and longing to spend time with them again. I think this book will be a favorite of book clubs. My thanks to Celadon Books and Bookish First for an ARC of this book. The opinions in this review are my own.