Family Reunion

A Novel

    • 4.3 • 291 Ratings
    • $11.99
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Publisher Description

A longtime Nantucket resident is trying to make the best of a lonely summer. Her spirited granddaughter is learning what she wants out of life. Unforgettable surprises await them both in this magical, multigenerational novel from New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer.

“Readers come to Nancy Thayer novels for the idyllic Nantucket beaches and lifestyle, but they stay for the characters.”—Mary Alice Monroe

Eleanor Sunderland loves living on Nantucket in a gorgeous cliffside home that has been in her family for decades. Yet this year she can’t help but feel a bit isolated, even as the island comes alive with summer travelers. Her best friend has skipped town, leaving Eleanor lonely and feeling nostalgic about her family’s weekend trips to the island, made less frequently in the years since her husband’s passing. Now her money-driven children complain and beg her to sell her beloved home for a steep payout. Hoping to kick the season off on a good note, Eleanor decides her seventieth birthday may be the perfect occasion for a much-needed reunion. 

Fresh from her college graduation, Eleanor’s granddaughter, Ari, has just ended an engagement. She longs for a change of scenery and to escape from her parents’ snobbish expectations. Taking advantage of her newfound freedom, she heads to Nantucket to clear her head before graduate school, moving in with her grandmother and taking a job at the local beach camp. As she watches Eleanor begin to form a bond with an old acquaintance, Ari herself becomes smitten with a friend’s charming older brother. But just as grandmother and granddaughter fall into a carefree routine, a few shocking discoveries throw them off course. 

Eleanor and Ari learn to lean on each other through every new challenge they face in life and love, in this tale filled with Nancy Thayer’s signature Nantucket magic. 

“Nancy Thayer’s Family Reunion is a wonderful slice of life.”—New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak

Fiction & Literature
May 4
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Mama Wosch ,


A joyous book full of love and family. Many sweet and tender moments along with a few tears, I was so engrossed in the family drama that I couldn’t wait to see how everything was resolved. Nancy Thayer has outdone herself. Enjoy this adventure which reflects the ocean: turbulent but beautiful!

Dweber01 ,

Disappointing so far

I’m only on chapter 3 and I don’t think there is any way that Nancy Thayer wrote this. The dialogue between Ari and her mother is so elementary and ridiculous I almost can’t convince myself to keep reading. The other reviews say the relationship between Ari and Eleanor is very sweet so I’ll keep reading but so far this book does not read like her other books. Do writers sometimes have others write chapters for them?

n2starrs ,

Family Reunion was a great story of normal family life and all that comes with it

I loved the relationship between grandmother Eleat or and granddaughter Ari. It was very special. And the age of Eleanor I related to and the normal body changes that happens as you get older. I could relate and feel what she was going thru. I was most interested in feeling I was in Nantucket and what goes on during peak season and off season. I believe this will be a good addition to my bucket list of places to see. Thanks for sharing your life Nancy Thayer with your readers. Loved the book,

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