If you found yourself at Target on Valentine’s Day, and you happened to peruse the fiction section, you may have noticed a familiar name among the selections.

Yesterday, The Summer We Fell Apart, the debut novel by TNB’s own Robin Antalek, hit the shelves at said department store, a selection for the prestigious “Bookmark Breakout” program.

Jessica Anya Blau had this to say about the book: “The Summer We Fell Apart is a thoroughly entertaining and often heart-breaking romp through the chaos and comforts of a large and extraordinary family.”

I agree.  Here’s the review I posted on Amazon:

Robin Antalek’s soaring debut concerns the tribulations of the Haas family–four grown children and their mother–before, during, and after the death of the failed-playwright patriarch, who was as achingly absent in their childhoods as he is in the novel. The characters are so well drawn, their stories woven together so expertly, that it’s hard to believe that this novel grew out of a collection of loosely-affiliated short stories. Also notable is her adroit and effective use of the simplest things–lemon trees, leather jackets, scarves–as symbols.

In books of this kind–five characters, five stories, five points of view–there are usually one or two weak links in the chain. Not so here. You’ll care about these characters–all of them–as deeply as if they were members of your own family (and perhaps more).

Oh, and don’t let the prim and proper cover fool you–The Summer We Fell Apart has some racy passages, including the most uncomfortable ménage à trois scene in recent memory.

Congrats, Robin, for hitting the red bull’s eye!

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GREG OLEAR is the Los Angeles Times bestselling author of the novels Totally Killer and Fathermucker and founding editor of The Weeklings.

10 responses to “The Winter We Sell at Target”

  1. Jim Simpson says:

    Congrats, Robin! Looking forward to diving into the book. (No, I wasn’t at Target yesterday.)

  2. Ducky Wilson says:

    Very cool. Congrats. I’ll keep an eye open.

  3. Ronlyn Domingue says:

    YAY ROBIN!!!!!!!!!

  4. Zara Potts says:

    Yay! Brilliant, Robin! x

  5. Jessica Blau says:


  6. I can’t wait to read it!!

  7. Simon Smithson says:


  8. Irene Zion says:



    I loved the book. Read it in the cold in Houston.

  9. Jim, Ducky, Ronlyn, Zara, Jessica, Stephanie, Simon, Irene and Greg…..

    You are all simply the best! Thanks so much for the Big Love from my TNB friends… and G– really– this is so wonderful of you– I’ve been away with my girls’ and my husband for the last few days and on a computer blackout– and then I come home to find this!

    By the way.. love the title 😉

    ~ Robin

  10. Richard Cox says:

    Congratulations, Robin! That’s big news. Wow!

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