Uplifting beach read “A Very Typical Family” available as an ebook or audiobook for free


CLEVELAND – July 13, 2023 – Looking for an entertaining beach read this summer? Enjoy an uplifting family drama for free from the public library – without wait lists – during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From July 13-27, booklovers can join thousands of others around the globe in borrowing Sierra Godfrey’s A Very Typical Family. Library card holders may read the ebook and audiobook for free with no waiting on the Libby app. Readers can then discuss online at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/.

Download the Libby app from iOS, Google or Amazon, use Libby in the browser (libbyapp.com) or stop by a local library branch to get started.

This Big Library Read novel is available in more than 22,000 libraries around the world, including approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America. During the program, readers participate in engaging online discussions about the title. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the Libby app.

“As an avid and lifelong library reader, I couldn’t be more thrilled that OverDrive has selected A Very Typical Family for their summer Big Library Read,” said author Sierra Godfrey. “Set in the beautiful beach town of Santa Cruz, California, where I spent my childhood, A Very Typical Family is a story about messy families and imperfect people who find the courage to forgive and be forgiven. I love the idea of my book accompanying readers on beach trips and getaways this summer, and I hope readers walk away from Natalie and her siblings ready to embrace life in all its chaotic, complicated glory.”

In the darkly humorous A Very Typical Family, Natalie Walker is the reason her older brother and sister went to prison over 15 years ago. She fled California shortly after that fateful night and hasn’t spoken to anyone in her family since. Now, Natalie receives a letter from a lawyer saying her estranged mother has died and left the family’s historic Santa Cruz house to her. The only way for Natalie and her siblings to inherit is for all three adult children to come back and claim it—together. Natalie drives cross-country to Santa Cruz expecting to sign some papers, see siblings Lynn and Jake briefly and get back to sorting out her life in Boston. But Jake is missing, and Lynn shows up with a teenage son. While Natalie and her nephew look for Jake—meeting a very handsome marine biologist who immediately captures her heart—she unpacks the guilt she has held onto for so many years, wondering how (or if) she can salvage a relationship with her siblings after all this time.

The Big Library Read digital book club is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. A Very Typical Family is the 31st selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year.

A Very Typical Family was published as an ebook by Sourcebooks and as an audiobook by Blackstone Publishing. The title can be read without waitlists or holds on all major computers and devices through Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ phones and tablets. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [U.S. libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

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About OverDrive

OverDrive is a mission-based company that stands with libraries. Named a Certified B Corp in 2017, OverDrive serves more than 91,000 libraries and schools in 113 countries with the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, video and other content. OverDrive empowers libraries and schools by expanding access for all through tireless industry advocacy and consistent innovation. Award-winning apps and services include the Libby library reading app, the Sora student reading app, Kanopy, the leading video streaming app for libraries and colleges, and TeachingBooks.net, which offers one of the largest catalogs of supplemental materials that enhance literacy outcomes. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA. www.overdrive.com


David Burleigh
Director of Brand & Communications