A Country Called Home

A Country Called Home

Large Print - 2009
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A newly married couple abandon the comfort of upper-class Connecticut and stake their claim in 1960s Fife, Idaho, in Pulitzer-finalist Barnes's exquisite novel. Thomas and Helen Deracottehe a young, poor doctor, she a stifled, monied rebelbuy an isolated farm sight unseen and arrive to find it a shambles. Upon arriving in the inhospitable wilderness, Thomas realizes that he would rather live off the land for their daily sustenance than open his own medical practice, and he hires Manny, a handsome teenage vagabond, to help around the farm. When Helen has baby girl Elise, Manny ingratiates himself further with the Deracottes and becomes a loving caretaker. But when the new mother begins to feel suffocated and overwhelmed, she returns to her rebellious ways and finds herself powerfully attracted to Manny. Their relationship has dire consequences for all involvedparticularly for Helen and Elise, but nobody gets off easy. Barnes's descriptions of the rugged landscape are vivid, and the characters' sadness and desires are revealed with wrenching detail.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2009
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781602854000
1602854009
Branch Call Number: LP BARNES
Characteristics: 383 p. ; 23 cm

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Apr 19, 2017

I randomly picked this book from the library shelf. I enjoyed it thoroughly, particularly the beautiful description of the environment and details about the companion animals in the characters' lives. I cared what happened to all of them and felt their love, lust and pain.

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