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We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange
Contemporary fiction

We Are the Brennans

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by Tracey Lange

Quick take

This big-hearted story of an Irish-American family is for anyone who's ever left home only to be drawn back again.

Good to know

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_FamilyDrama

    Family drama

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_LoveTriangle

    Love triangle

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_MarriageIssues

    Marriage issues

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_SuburbanDrama

    Suburban drama

Synopsis

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.

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Why I love it

From the moment Sunday Brennan gets into a bad accident, her scars on the inside are the ones that make you root for her healing. I’m a sucker for a family drama with a flawed woman at the center who must return home to make peace with her painful past. I couldn’t wait for all the tea to be spilled!

We Are the Brennans is the story of an Irish-Catholic family fractured by shame and secrets. When eldest daughter Sunday wrecks her car after a night of heavy drinking in LA, she sets her pride aside and moves back east to her family’s New York home. But her once tight-knit family is not as she left it: Her father is losing his memory, her brother is struggling to keep his pub afloat, and her ex-fiancé is now married to another woman. As Sunday tries to keep her head down and find her place in this changed home, tales of past mistakes and long-held secrets unfold, forcing the family to come together, rebuild, and find redemption.

Reading this moving novel made me feel like I was lurking in the Brennan home eavesdropping on what these characters said to themselves and each other when they thought no one else was around. This book explores the burdens we carry, sometimes to the grave, and the ripple effects they often have on generations to come. When the lies begin to unravel, you won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough to discover how this family can find forgiveness and be made whole again.

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Member ratings (28,195)

  • Katie S.

    Neenah, WI

    I literally could not put this down and staying up late to finish in only 2 days. I loved getting to know the Brennans, was rooting for Sunday and loved the way the POV changed each chapter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Holly K.

    Saint Joseph, MO

    This isn’t normally the type of books I’d “love” but I just really enjoyed the dynamic of this family and way the story unfolded. Then ending was not my favorite but overall I really enjoyed this read

  • Kacy R.

    Windsor , IL

    Can’t wait to read more from Tracey Lange. The Brennan’s will capture you from the first page in a story about life, forgiveness, and the bonds of family. One of the best books I’ve read this summer.

  • Sarah M.

    Fremont, CA

    I read this in 2 days, I just couldn’t put it down!! I loved how the author moved through the characters’ perspective, I wish this wasn’t her first novel so I could read more of her work right now!!!!

  • Nicole D.

    Orlando, FL

    I loved this! i really liked the way she transitioned through everyone’s perspectives. I found myself fighting for Sunday and Kale! I wish it ended more finally; but I guess it’s set up for a sequel!