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Hello Beautiful (Oprah's Book Club)

By Ann Napolitano
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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • From the author of Dear Edward comes a “powerfully affecting” (People) family story that asks: Can love make a broken person whole?

“Another tender tearjerker . . . Napolitano chronicles life’s highs and lows with aching precision.”—The Washington Post

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.

122 Reviews

Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Wow this book not only surprised me, but made me sad, excited and tender all at once. You don’t get enough stories that really show the depth of the pain and love involved in a family. The Padavano sisters are such strong inspiring women who go through so many challenges that eventually tear them apart. But the ability to change, learn and ultimately forgive brings about some peace and happiness despite the loss.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenTwistyRealistic settingHeartbreakingThought-provokingSelf-harm
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Wow! All the themes of this book vary but yet it comes back to love. How love can make decisions that can create happiness, heartbreak, trauma and healing through the various viewpoints of the Padavano Family and William.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersEasy to readTwistyThought-provoking
Loudly Crying Face“Seriously such a beautiful story and a great end to it as well. Character development was great!!”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growLikable charactersBeautifully written
Thinking Face
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to read
Loudly Crying Face
Multi-layered charactersHeartbreakingMovingSeriousSelf-harm

About Ann Napolitano

Ann Napolitano is the author of Dear Edward, which was an instant New York Times bestseller, a Read with Jenna selection, and is now 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.

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