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The Year We Left Home

By Jean Thompson, 1950-

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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Publish Date

2011

ISBN

1439175888


Format: Book
Author: Thompson, Jean, 1950-
Summary: 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.
Title: The year we left home / Jean Thompson.
Publisher Date: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Subject: Families -- United States -- Fiction Brothers and sisters -- Fiction National characteristics, American -- Fiction. United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Isbn: 1439175888 9781439175880
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 3
System Items Total: 3
Call Number: F Thompson
Oclc: 646113103
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Bib Id: 358335

Format: Book
Author: Thompson, Jean, 1950-
Summary: 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.
Title: The year we left home / Jean Thompson.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Description: 325 p. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Families -- United States -- Fiction
Subjects: Brothers and sisters -- Fiction
Subjects: National characteristics, American -- Fiction.
Subjects: United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction
Subjects: United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2010047553
ISBN: 1439175888
ISBN: 9781439175880
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: F Thompson