What I’m Reading: The Home Place

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I just finished up listening to The Home Place: A Novel by Carrie La Seur

It was a good book.  It’s a coming back home story.  You know the ones….girl went off and made a life for herself only to be drawn back home after a tragedy.  It’s the  premise to so many but this one is actually good.

Here’s what Amazon says about the book, “Carrie La Seur makes her remarkable debut with The Home Place, a mesmerizing, emotionally evocative, and atmospheric literary novel in the vein of The House Girl and A Land More Kind Than Home, in which a successful lawyer is pulled back into her troubled family’s life in rural Montana in the wake of her sister’s death.

The only Terrebonne who made it out, Alma thought she was done with Montana, with its bleak winters and stifling ways. But an unexpected call from the local police takes the successful lawyer back to her provincial hometown and pulls her into the family trouble she thought she’d left far behind: Her lying, party-loving sister, Vicky, is dead. Alma is told that a very drunk Vicky had wandered away from a party and died of exposure after a night in the brutal cold. But when Alma returns home to bury Vicky and see to her orphaned niece, she discovers that the death may not have been an accident.

The Home Place is a story of secrets that will not lie still, human bonds that will not break, and crippling memories that will not be silenced. It is a story of rural towns and runaways, of tensions corporate and racial, of childhood trauma and adolescent betrayal, and of the guilt that even forgiveness cannot ease. Most of all, this is a story of the place we carry in us always: home.”

Amazon readers say 3.9 stars.  That really surprise me as I liked the book.  I would give it 4.2 stars.  It’s good..not epic as in it’s one of my favorite books ever but good in that I’d read another book by the same author.

What I’m Reading: Ordinary Heroes

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I just finished up listening to the audio book Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow.  I vaguely skimmed the over view of the book and saw something about WWII so I just put it in the cart of my online library.  I sure am glad that I did!

The story is told through a series of letters and journal that David wrote while serving as a JAG officer during WWII.  The book was interesting as so many of the books I read that are WWII related are told through the eyes of Jews.  If was great to read another perspective…even if it is fiction.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about it, “Stewart Dubinsky knew his father, David, had served in World War II, but had been told very little about his experiences. When he finds, after his father’s death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee and learns of David’s court-martial, Stewart is driven to uncover the truth about this enigmatic, distant man he never knew.Using military archives, old letters, and David’s own notes, he discovers that David, a JAG lawyer, had pursued a maverick U.S. officer in Europe, fallen in love with a beautiful resistance fighter, and fought in the war’s deadliest conflicts. In reconstructing the terrible events and agonizing choices his father faced on the battlefield, in the courtroom, and in love, Stewart gains a closer understanding of his father’s secret past and of the brutal nature of war itself.”

Amazon readers give it 4.2 stars..I am upping the anti a little by giving it 4.6 stars.  The book is written in first person and is historical fiction..both things I love.   It is one of the better books I’ve listened to in the last month or so.  I am happy to report that this author has more books.  I know I’ll be checking them out.

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