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The Year We Left Home

(2011)
A novel by

 
 
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.

Genre: Romance

Praise for this book

"She's a master." - Alan Cheuse


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Hardback Editions

May 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Year We Left Home: A Novel
Author(s): Jean Thompson
ISBN: 1-4391-7588-8 / 978-1-4391-7588-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Paperback Editions

February 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Year We Left Home: A Novel
Author(s): Jean Thompson
ISBN: 1-4391-7590-X / 978-1-4391-7590-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Audio Editions

May 2011 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Year We Left Home (Library Edition)
Author(s): Jean Thompson
ISBN: 1-4417-8602-3 / 978-1-4417-8602-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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May 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Year We Left Home
Author(s): Jean Thompson
ISBN: 1-4417-8604-X / 978-1-4417-8604-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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May 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Year We Left Home (Library Edition)
Author(s): Jean Thompson
ISBN: 1-4417-8603-1 / 978-1-4417-8603-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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May 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Year We Left Home
Author(s): Jean Thompson
ISBN: 1-4417-8605-8 / 978-1-4417-8605-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Year We Left Home: A Novel
Author(s): Jean Thompson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


May 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Year We Left Home: A Novel
Author(s): Jean Thompson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon UK