The House We Grew up in

The House We Grew up in

Large Print - 2015
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"Clever, intelligent...wonderful" (Jojo Moyes, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Me Before You").
Meet the Bird family. They live in a honey-colored house in a picture-perfect Cotswolds village, with rambling, unkempt gardens stretching beyond. Pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and tow-headed twins Rory and Rhys all attend the village school and eat home-cooked meals together every night. Their father is a sweet gangly man named Colin, who still looks like a teenager with floppy hair and owlish, round-framed glasses. Their mother is a beautiful hippy named Lorelei, who exists entirely in the moment. And she makes every moment sparkle in her children's lives.
Then one Easter weekend, tragedy comes to call. The event is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass as the children become adults, find new relationships, and develop their own separate lives. Soon it seems as though they've never been a family at all. But then something happens that calls them back to the house they grew up in--and to what really happened that Easter weekend so many years ago.
Told in gorgeous, insightful prose that delves deeply into the hearts and minds of its characters, "The House We Grew Up In" is the captivating story of one family's desire to restore long-forgotten peace and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2013
ISBN: 9781410476531
1410476537
Characteristics: 569 pages ;,23 cm.

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Lorenzo40
Sep 07, 2017

.... a must read for anyone that has a 'saver/collector/hoarder' in their life. Definitely a mental illness with deep-seeded reasons. Reading this as prompted me to de-clutter and collect less!

GSPLanna Mar 29, 2016

I really enjoyed this story about a super dysfunctional English family. Great quick read

Chapel_Hill_SusanM Nov 17, 2015

A good antidote to the usual bucolically charming cottage in the Cotswolds. Lorelei Bird dies in a trap of her own hoarded mess. As her children try to sort out how she got that way, hints and memories lead back to Lorelei's obsession with the perfect Easter celebration.

ehbooklover Apr 03, 2015

Honestly, it took me quite awhile to really get into this book, mostly because I found that I really didn't like any of the characters. That changed as they grew on me and by the end I couldn't stop reading. An interesting take on the subject of hoarding and the reasons behind it.

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Murray_C
Dec 13, 2014

This book is truly fantastic - incredibly well written and the characters and story pull you in so that it is difficult to put the book down until you are finished. Lisa Jewell is a gifted story teller, and the Bird family is one that is instantly recognizable - repulsive, compelling, loveable...all the things that family so often are.

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LASbookluvr
Nov 05, 2014

Great characters and premise for a story. A difficult book to put down once you start it. Loved it!

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lblundell
Aug 17, 2014

A life affirming, family affirming book. A must read for anyone with a hoarder in their life.

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SusieMac
Jan 11, 2014

I have loved Lisa Jewell's writing since her first book "Ralph's Party". This book is no exception. Her writing is character-driven with this book telling telling the story of the Bird family. The family is full of colourful characters and the narrative is interesting - flicking between years and also interspersed with Lorelei (the mother) writing emails. The story reminds us that while things tear families apart, you are inextricably bound to each other. A great read.

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NettieP
Jan 05, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed this book with all it's twists and turns, great holiday read .

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Librarygrem
Dec 10, 2013

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Librarygrem
Dec 10, 2013

Book about a family.

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iamamus
Jun 16, 2015

Remember , Megan, that wherever you find yourselves, you are all pebbles from the same beach.

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