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The Year We Left Home: A Novel
by Jean Thompson

Published: 2012-02-07
Paperback : 352 pages
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A New York Times bestseller in hardcover, 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.

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A New York Times bestseller in hardcover, 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.

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  "Wondering when their LUCK would turn around"by sarahjane0512 (see profile) 11/12/12

Our local library selected this for a book club read and since I hadn't had anything else picked out to read yet, I thought I would try it. I didn't care for the fact that every chapter - set in a different... (read more)

 
  "Life is disappointing, then you die"by bcarroll (see profile) 05/17/12


This is a good book club book because of all the unanswered questions. We talked about what the theme of the book might be, why it has that title,the complexity of the characters and how
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