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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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.
Simon & Schuster
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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.
The Year We Left Home ...
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.
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.
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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