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Hello Beautiful (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel

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Maura Tierney

15 Hours 6 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

March 2023

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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

ONE OF THE CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Washington Post, Time, Vogue, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Post, She Reads, Bookreporter

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.

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  • Lila S.

    It a very depressive story the first 60 % of the story very plain , explaining things and until the last part gets interesting. Very gloomy

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  • Daniela A.

    I really wanted to like this book, but OMG this is boring !

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  • Marisa B.

    After a long stretch of starting, but never finishing a book, this was one I was able to finish within a week, and I loved it. A great story that focuses on character development, each with a sense of relatable vulnerability, making it an enjoyable read. I liked that each chapter was told from a different characters point of view (still in 3rd person) on a chronological timeline. Each chapter slightly overlapped or recapped with the previous chapters events, told by a different character. The ability to float around from perspective to perspective, all with one cohesive storyline, made this a book I would definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    If you like long, depressing books filled with terrible, selfish characters with no redeeming qualities, this is the prefect story for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Why is it necessary to have a celebrity actor read vs a professional? I’m not sure if I was bored to tears because of the story or the read. A disappointment especially considering how hyped up it has been. The outcome was predictable, none of the characters were overly compelling, and I find it interesting how shallow the character development was given the book length.

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  • Andrea E.

    Warm, and food for thought about family’s and relationships we are not all perfect.

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  • JodyB

    Heart warming!! I really enjoyed it!

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  • Lola R.

    Good story. Worth the listen.

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  • Stephen H.

    I loved this story and the narrator. The author really makes you care about each character and I loved the fact so many characters were deeply developed. This was one of my favourite books of the past 10 years.

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  • Anonymous

    Great books. Maura had an easy voice to listen to.

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