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The year we left home

Author: Jean Thompson
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover edView all editions and formats
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Chronicles the happiness pursuits of the Eriksons from their 1970s coming-of-age to the near-present day, in a story told from revolving viewpoints. It begins in 1973 when the Erickson family of Grenada, Iowa, gathers for the wedding of their eldest daughter, Anita. Even as they celebrate, the fault lines in the family emerge. The bride wants nothing more than to raise a family in her hometown, while her brother  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Thompson
ISBN: 1439175888 9781439175880 1439175918 9781439175910
OCLC Number: 646113103
Description: 325 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Jean Thompson.

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Chronicles the happiness pursuits of the Eriksons from their 1970s coming-of-age to the near-present day, in a story told from revolving viewpoints. It begins in 1973 when the Erickson family of Grenada, Iowa, gathers for the wedding of their eldest daughter, Anita. Even as they celebrate, the fault lines in the family emerge. The bride wants nothing more than to raise a family in her hometown, while her brother Ryan watches restlessly from the sidelines, planning his escape. He is joined by their cousin Chip, an unpredictable, war-damaged loner who will show Ryan both the appeal and the perils of freedom. Torrie, the Ericksons' youngest daughter, is another rebel intent on escape, but the choices she makes will bring about a tragedy that leaves the entire family changed forever.

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"Powerful and darkly humorous . . . Thompson's characters are sharply drawn and deeply familiar. Her dialogue is pitch-perfect." --Laurie Hertzel, "Minneapolis Star Tribune"

 
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