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Jean Thompson

The Year We Left Home : A Novel

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A "New York Times" bestseller and a National Book Award finalist, "The Year We Left Home" chronicles the lives of the Erickson family as the children come of age in 1970's and '80's America.

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A "New York Times" bestseller and a National Book Award finalist, "The Year We Left Home" chronicles the lives of the Erickson family as the children come of age in 1970's and '80's America.A New York Times bestseller, The Year We Left Home is National Book Award finalist Jean Thompson’s mesmerizing, decades-spanning saga of one ordinary American family that captures the turbulent history of the country at large.

Named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a People magazine “Pick of the Week,” and an Indie Next and Midwest Connections selection, The Year We Left Home is the career-defining novel that Jean Thompson’s admirers have been waiting for: a sweeping and emotionally powerful story of a single American family during the tumultuous final decades of the twentieth century.

Stretching from the early 1970s in the Iowa farmlands to suburban Chicago and across the map of contemporary America, The Year We Left Home follows the Erickson siblings as they confront prosperity and heartbreak, setbacks and triumphs, and seek their place in a country whose only constant seems to be breathtaking change. Ambitious and richly told, this is a vivid and moving meditation on our continual pursuit of happiness and an incisive exploration of the national character.

Specifications

Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
352
Author
Jean Thompson
Title
The Year We Left Home
ISBN-13
9781439175903
Publication Date
February, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.44 x 5.50 x 0.90 Inches
ISBN-10
143917590X

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The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson made a lot of sense to me. OK, what did I mean by that? This book is the story of the Erickson family living in a small town, Grenada in Iowa from 1973 to 1998. It also followed the life of a cousin named Chip. It reflected the religion,cultare of the area and the times. The chapters alternated with the different persons of the family who left home and those who didn't. Being from Indiana, I can relate to hard working farm people like Aunt Martha and Norm. The book opens with the preparations of a funeral. Funerals and weddings and sometimes family reunions bring those who left home back. I am familiar with the local view that the outside world is a bit weird and scary. Each character in this book has a traumatic event in their life and the book and you follow the character to see what they do after that. To me, this is true life, how many of us go through life without something terrible happening? I don't think that there has to be humor in this book. The real story is how the characters coped with what their challenges that beset them. I thought this was a true and honest book. I recommend it to everyone who likes to read about families, especially in the Midwest.
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Read about 30 pages bu...
Read about 30 pages but wasn't impressed with the writing or the character development. It was well written in terms of how words are laid out on the page but there wasn't really much compelling development of the characters. That's a critical flaw in the opening pages. I suppose if you like stories that focus on a family's history you might enjoy this. But I didn't find enough to hold me long.In some ways, I'm surprised it won an award...and in others I'm not surprised. Literary contests can pick works that meander or where nothing happens, holding the prose over the story or what it might provide for a reader in terms of messaging or experience. So perhaps you have to read the first 100 pages before things really come clear.
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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
The Year We Left Home ...
The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson made a lot of sense to me. OK, what did I mean by that? This book is the story of the Erickson family living in a small town, Grenada in Iowa from 1973 to 1998. It also followed the life of a cousin named Chip. It reflected the religion,cultare of the area and the times. The chapters alternated with the different persons of the family who left home and those who didn't. Being from Indiana, I can relate to hard working farm people like Aunt Martha and Norm. The book opens with the preparations of a funeral. Funerals and weddings and sometimes family reunions bring those who left home back. I am familiar with the local view that the outside world is a bit weird and scary. Each character in this book has a traumatic event in their life and the book and you follow the character to see what they do after that. To me, this is true life, how many of us go through life without something terrible happening? I don't think that there has to be humor in this book. The real story is how the characters coped with what their challenges that beset them. I thought this was a true and honest book. I recommend it to everyone who likes to read about families, especially in the Midwest.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
Read about 30 pages bu...
Read about 30 pages but wasn't impressed with the writing or the character development. It was well written in terms of how words are laid out on the page but there wasn't really much compelling development of the characters. That's a critical flaw in the opening pages. I suppose if you like stories that focus on a family's history you might enjoy this. But I didn't find enough to hold me long.In some ways, I'm surprised it won an award...and in others I'm not surprised. Literary contests can pick works that meander or where nothing happens, holding the prose over the story or what it might provide for a reader in terms of messaging or experience. So perhaps you have to read the first 100 pages before things really come clear.
The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson made a lot of sense to me. OK, what did I mean by that? This book is the story of the Erickson family living in a small town, Grenada in Iowa from 1973 to 1998. It also followed the life of a cousin named Chip. It reflected the religion,cultare of the area and the times. The chapters alternated with the different persons of the family who left home and those who didn't. Being from Indiana, I can relate to hard working farm people like Aunt Martha and Norm. The book opens with the preparations of a funeral. Funerals and weddings and sometimes family reunions bring those who left home back. I am familiar with the local view that the outside world is a bit weird and scary. Each character in this book has a traumatic event in their life and the book and you follow the character to see what they do after that. To me, this is true life, how many of us go through life without something terrible happening? I don't think that there has to be humor in this book. The real story is how the characters coped with what their challenges that beset them. I thought this was a true and honest book. I recommend it to everyone who likes to read about families, especially in the Midwest.
Read about 30 pages but wasn't impressed with the writing or the character development. It was well written in terms of how words are laid out on the page but there wasn't really much compelling development of the characters. That's a critical flaw in the opening pages. I suppose if you like stories that focus on a family's history you might enjoy this. But I didn't find enough to hold me long.In some ways, I'm surprised it won an award...and in others I'm not surprised. Literary contests can pick works that meander or where nothing happens, holding the prose over the story or what it might provide for a reader in terms of messaging or experience. So perhaps you have to read the first 100 pages before things really come clear.

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The Year We Left Home ...

The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson made a lot of sense to me. OK, what did I mean by that? This book is the story of the Erickson family living in a small town, Grenada in Iowa from 1973 to 1998. It also followed the life of a cousin named Chip. It reflected the religion,cultare of the area and the times. The chapters alternated with the different persons of the family who left home and those who didn't. Being from Indiana, I can relate to hard working farm people like Aunt Martha and Norm. The book opens with the preparations of a funeral. Funerals and weddings and sometimes family reunions bring those who left home back. I am familiar with the local view that the outside world is a bit weird and scary. Each character in this book has a traumatic event in their life and the book and you follow the character to see what they do after that. To me, this is true life, how many of us go through life without something terrible happening? I don't think that there has to be humor in this book. The real story is how the characters coped with what their challenges that beset them. I thought this was a true and honest book. I recommend it to everyone who likes to read about families, especially in the Midwest.

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Written as a series of...

Written as a series of short stories all involving members of the same family ins small tow Iowa. the oldest daughter marries a man that is an alcoholic. the oldest son stays in town and struggles to run his own contracting business, another son strikes it rich in the tech boom after trying grad school for awhile, and the youngest daughter is disabled from a car accident her senior year of high school. great choice for AIR 2013. this rings very true.

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The Year We Left Home is one of the best books I have read this year. It is an engrossing story of a family over several decades and a sort of lament about American life and coming of age centered around a small Iowa town. Some characters are trying to get away from the town, some want to stay, some are forced to stay. I really agree with one of the blurbs on the book jacket that said after you are done reading, it will be hard to remember that these are not real characters. How true! I have found myself wondering what some of their reactions to current events might be. Overall, an excellent, well-written novel that makes me want to read much more by Jean Thompson.

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This book follows the ...

This book follows the lives of four siblings and a cousin. It begins in 1973 when the Erickson's gather for the wedding of their eldest daughter Anita. While some want to stay in their hometown and raise families, others can't wait to leave no matter what it takes. You follow their story up to 2003. This book will bring out so many emotions. Excellent story. I won this Book from Goodreads and I highly recommend it.

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Ms. Thompson can tell ...

Ms. Thompson can tell a story! She manages to write chapters that jump a number of years in between and never leave the reader scratching their heads and muttering "huh?" The story chronicles the adult lives of four siblings and a cousin through the trials of their lives from Vietnam to the gulf.

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