The Irresistibles: Lyrical, Luscious Reads
From a hilarious futuristic novel to a comedy of manners about a
late-life love affair, you’ll want to read these literary standouts over
and over again.
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The Year We Left Home
Simon & Schuster
Jean Thompson's The Year We Left Home (Simon & Schuster) plumbs the American heart with rigor and intensity, seamlessly connecting one family's fortunes to those of the larger national community—from the aftermath of Vietnam through the farm crisis of the 1980s, into the tech boom and bust. Built from individual narratives that at first seem disconnected, the novel follows the four Erickson siblings of Iowa through marriages and deaths as well as smaller moments of alienation, loss, and maturity. Eventually, like the Ericksons, we come to realize that "no moment of life was like any other and as soon as you became aware of them, they were as good as gone."
— Liza Nelson