Ann Brashares, author of the bestselling The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series is back with a new Hamptons-set novel, The Whole Thing Together, about “fractured families, first love and loss.” The book will be on sale starting April 25.
The book follows Sasha and Ray—two people who have shared almost everything since childhood—reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they’ve never met. They’ve just shared the same Hamptons beach house, at different times, throughout their lives.
Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families—and neither one will give up the Hamptons beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past.
Their lives finally intersect after Emma gets engaged and Mattie uncovers a family secret. Ray and Sasha meet and they’re immediately attracted to each other, but the relationship could get pretty complicated given their intertwined family history.
Brashares’ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books sold more than 8.7 million copies and is a beloved series. It should be fun to see her take on the Hamptons in The Whole Thing Together.
The hardcover, published by Delacorte Press, is getting a 100,000 copy run for its first printing, which hits stores and online retailers on Tuesday, April 25.