The Catch by Alison Fairbrother

Published: June 21, 2022

Random House

Pages: 288

Genre: Women’s Fiction

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Alison Fairbrother is an associate editor at Riverhead Books. She worked as a journalist in D.C. before getting her MFA at Stony Brook University. She lives in Brooklyn.

Two years out of college, Ellie Adler has a job in journalism, an older lover, and a circle of smart friends. Her beloved father, James, who has children from three marriages, unites the family with his gentle humor and charisma, but Ellie has always believed she is her father’s favorite. When he suddenly dies, she finds herself devastated by the unexpected loss. Then, at the reading of his will, she learns that instead of leaving her his prized possession—a baseball that holds emotional resonance for them both—he has left her a seemingly ridiculous, even insulting gift. Worse, he’s given the baseball to someone no one in the family has ever heard of.

In her grief, Ellie wonders who could have possibly meant more to her father than she did. Setting out to track this person down, she learns startling information about who her father really was and who she herself is becoming. Moving, witty, and unforgettable, The Catch is a story of the gifts we’re given over the course of a lifetime, by family, friends, and strangers—the ones we want and the ones that catch us unawares.

“Belongs to you.”

Ellie has lived an interesting life. Because her parents divorced, she spent summers with her father and his other children from his other marriages. They celebrated the holidays during this time, and Ellie cherished the time she spent with her dad. When he died suddenly, Ellie felt lost. She didn’t know how to process the grief or how to handle his death.

This was such a beautiful book. I lost my dad very suddenly, so I was able to identify with Ellie and her struggle. While I didn’t cope the same way she did, I could completely understand her feelings.

This was a beautiful representation of the stages of grief. And it was beautifully presented. Ellie was such a vivid character.

I loved going through her emotions with her and exploring who her father was, what she meant to him, and her journey to finding herself again.

This was very well done, with fantastic characters and deeply emotional moments. I found this book well-written and powerfully presented.

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