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About the Book"William Waters grew up in a house silenced by tragedy, where his parents could hardly bear to look at him, much less love him. So it's a relief when his skill on the basketball court earns him a scholarship to college, far away from his childhood home. He soon meets Julia Padavano, a spirited and ambitious young woman who surprises William with her appreciation of his quiet steadiness. With Julia comes her family; she is inseparable from her three younger sisters: Sylvie, the dreamer, is happiest with her nose in a book and imagines a future different from the expected path of wife and mother; Cecelia, the family's artist; and Emeline, who patiently takes care of all of them. Happily, the Padavanos fold Julia's new boyfriend into their loving, chaotic household. But then darkness from William's past surfaces, jeopardizing not only Julia's carefully orchestrated plans for their future, but the sisters' unshakeable loyalty to one another. The result is a catastrophic family rift that changes their lives for generations. Will the loyalty that once rooted them be strong enough to draw them back together when it matters most?"--
Book SynopsisFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Edward comes a poignant and engrossing family story that asks: Can love make a broken person whole? "Hello Beautiful is exactly that: beautiful, perceptive, wistful. It's a story of family and friendship, of how the people we are bound to can also set us free. I loved it."--Miranda Cowley Heller, author of The Paper Palace William Waters grew up in a house silenced by tragedy, where his parents could hardly bear to look at him, much less love him--so when he meets the spirited and ambitious Julia Padavano in his freshman year of college, it's as if the world has lit up around him. With Julia comes her family, as she and her three sisters are inseparable: Sylvie, the family's dreamer, is happiest with her nose in a book; Cecelia is a free-spirited artist; and Emeline patiently takes care of them all. With the Padavanos, William experiences a newfound contentment; every moment in their house is filled with loving chaos. But then darkness from William's past surfaces, jeopardizing not only Julia's carefully orchestrated plans for their future, but the sisters' unshakeable devotion to one another. The result is a catastrophic family rift that changes their lives for generations. Will the loyalty that once rooted them be strong enough to draw them back together when it matters most? An exquisite homage to Louisa May Alcott's timeless classic, Little Women, Hello Beautiful is a profoundly moving portrait of what is possible when we choose to love someone not in spite of who they are, but because of it.
"Ann Napolitano's new novel, Hello Beautiful, is exactly that: beautiful, perceptive, wistful. It's a story of family and friendship, of how the people we are bound to can also set us free. I loved it."--Miranda Cowley Heller, New York Times bestselling author of The Paper Palace "A rich, complex family saga, Hello Beautiful is a portrait of love and grief in equal measure. Napolitano's prose is so lovely, so keenly perceptive, that it held me captive until I finished. A lot of people are going to love this story."--Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes
"Hello Beautiful is a profoundly moving and propulsive novel about the deepest connections of family and love, trauma and healing. In intricately elegant prose, Ann Napolitano explores both the cost and power of loyalty and honesty. This is a book to treasure and share with friends and loved ones."--Angie Kim, bestselling author of Miracle Creek "Hello Beautiful is the work of a great author at the height of her powers. Equally immersive, emotional, and brilliantly crafted, this is an early contender for best novel of the year."--J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest "In Hello Beautiful, Ann Napolitano treats readers to that rare pairing in fiction: intelligence and tenderness. And what a treat that is! This is a story about family and sisters and storytelling, but it's also an examination of identity and the consequences of doing love badly and how love can be redeemed. I was moved by the Padavano family's journey through all of that. Read this book! You'll be glad you did."--Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of It All Comes Down to This "Like great jazz, Hello Beautiful takes a melody and transforms it. This is a richly woven story about family, but it's also a unique take on Little Women. There are no heroes or villains here, only people--flawed and loving and striving like the rest of us. 'Generosity' is the word that comes to mind when I reflect on this gorgeous novel."--Allegra Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of The Cookbook Collector and Sam
About the AuthorAnn Napolitano is the author of Dear Edward, which was an instant New York Times bestseller, a Read with Jenna selection, and which will soon be released as an Apple TV+ series. She is also the author of the novels A Good Hard Look and Within Arm's Reach. For seven years, Napolitano was the associate editor of the literary magazine One Story, and she received an MFA from New York University. She has taught fiction writing at Brooklyn College's MFA program, New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and Gotham Writers Workshop.
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Sub-Genre: Family Life
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Number of Pages: 400
Publisher: Dial Press
Author: Ann Napolitano
Street Date: March 14, 2023
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-7848
Origin: Made in the USA
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Read A Book With McCall - 9 months ago, Verified purchaser
SYNOPSIS: William Waters grew up with out any love from his parents. Buried with grief, they had no attention or love to give to their son. The 4 Padavano sisters have a fierce love for one another and their family. When Williams basketball talent takes him to Northwestern University, he meets Julia Padavano. As these 5 lives start to intertwine what is left is a story of raw emotion and characters that take us through the depths of the human experience. • THOUGHTS: This book! The characters in this novel are relatable on such a human level. I love how Napolitano wrote from multiple POVs, yet not one character outshined another. I was so deeply invested in each story. A reimagined modern day version of Little Women, It’s heartbreaking and beautiful. It’s all woven together in a special way. Napolitano really touches on what it means to be loved and understood by those closest to us. She also challenges the reader with some tough questions. What does it mean to live your life as your most authentic self? Can we survive a life without any love at all? What about the relationship with have with ourself? How does that impact those around us? The domino effect of all these questions leaves us with some complex, yet very real characters all trying to do their best. These characters are flawed and real, but they are living lives as genuine as they are capable of. I loved it. • Grab this book and grab your tissues. It’s one worth reading friends. Also, have you ever seen a more beautiful cover?
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