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The year we left home: a novel

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This novel chronicles the lives of the Ericksons as they come of age from the 1970s to near present day. It is an unforgettable, subtly provocative portrait of an American family as they navigate and redefine happiness in the course of their daily lives.
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Grouped Work ID 96b4594a-40c3-07a6-5582-b9b6f616e580
Full title year we left home
Author thompson jean
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From National Book Award finalist Jean Thompson comes a mesmerizing, decades-spanning saga of one ordinary American family—proud, flawed, hopeful— whose story simultaneously captures the turbulent history of the country at large.

Over the course of a thirty-year career, Jean Thompson has been celebrated by critics as "a writer of extraordinary intelligence and sensitivity" (O, The Oprah Magazine), "an American Alice Munro" (The Wall Street Journal), and "one of our most lucid and insightful writers" (San Francisco Chronicle). Her peers have been no less vocal, from Jennifer Egan ("bracing . . . boldly unconventional") to David Sedaris ("if there are 'Jean Thompson characters,' they're us, and never have we been as articulate and worthy of compassion").

Now, in The Year We Left Home, Thompson brings together all of her talents to deliver the career-defining novel her 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. 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.

Stretching from the early 1970s in the Iowa farmlands to suburban Chicago to the coast of contemporary Italy—and moving through the Vietnam War's aftermath, the farm crisis, the numerous economic boomsand busts—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, richly told, and fiercely American, 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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subject_facet Audiobooks, Brothers and sisters -- Fiction, Domestic fiction, American, Families -- United States -- Fiction, National characteristics, American -- Fiction, United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Fiction, United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction
title_display The year we left home
title_full The Year We Left Home A Novel, The year we left home / Jean Thompson, The year we left home [sound recording] / by Jean Thompson, The year we left home [sound recording] : a novel / Jean Thompson
title_short The year we left home
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topic_facet Audiobooks, Brothers and sisters, Domestic fiction, American, Families, Fiction, Literature, National characteristics, American, Social conditions, Social life and customs, United States