- Taschenbuch: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: Century (18. Juli 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1846059240
- ISBN-13: 978-1846059247
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,3 x 3,1 x 23,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 249.666 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The House We Grew Up In (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 18. Juli 2013
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Lisa Jewell has written an entirely believable book which untangles the minutiae of family life, and quite simply reveals the vulnerabilities and insecurities which can unconsciously fester away until the hurt becomes palpable. Beautifully characterised, everyone could be people you know, in situations you can all too easily understand, and yet shining through the hurt and awfulness is a gem of a family who tug at your heartstrings with a poignancy that will leave you captivated
It's an absolute gem; it's one of those books that you really can't put down and have to keep reading until your eyes sting with tiredness.
Quite simply a perfect read and one that will stay with me for a long time.
The story is told through a series of flashbacks and from different family members point of view, in third person. Despite this, the story was not confusing at all.
Jewell did a masterful job of creating sympathy for each of the characters - flaws (and oh, they have them) and all.
I really enjoyed the way the writer let this story evolve and how the answers to this family's life-long questions were slowly revealed via their Mom's emails. This is, to say the least a complex set of characters and this book has humour, love and lots of heartbreak. I also found the psychological elements and the diagnosis of their Mom's illness very interesting. It is not a condition I was aware existed and it was insightful to see how devastating it can be to an individual and to their family.
There was enough of a happy ending so satisfy my need for an easy read but it was a realistic one ....and I really appreciated that. I gave it 4 stars because I couldn't honestly recommend that my husband read it. I still think it hovers on the category of "chick-lit" and therefore will not be enjoyed by all. However, to me it was a great read!
The story weaves back and forth in time, from Meg, the oldest Bird child, her daughter and, eventually, her father, sister and brother Rory, cleaning out their mother Lorelei's home back to various Easter weekends over the course of their lives. When we first meet Meg in 2011 we discover that Lorelei was a hoarder (think of the worst possible episode of Hoarders and you'll have a good idea of how badly she lived). As we go back in time we see her sickness evolve from a sort of whimsical, free spirited quirkiness into a brutal, sometimes aggressive need to keep everything until there is literally walls of junk and only one chair she can sit in. She pushes everyone away and refuses to bend or compromise with anyone. This sickness, along with the tragic incident that happened one Easter, pushes each member of the Bird family in opposite directions and effects how each of them develops as a person. We get to see each character battle with their guilt and lack of control and the author really does an astonishing job of presenting the heartache and damage done to them (and that they do to each other) by the circumstances of their lives. We get to see first hand the vicious cycle of mental and, in some cases, physical damage that can cause generations to pass on this sort of problem even as they swear they will be different.
The story also incorporates the email correspondence between Lorelei and an online romantic interest and it is within this correspondence that we get to peek inside Lorelei's scarred heart and mind and see how her life imploded from her own point of view. We learn what really happened that one horrible Easter and her attempts to try and fight her mental illness as much as she can. These parts really broke my heart! The narrator does such a great job of inflecting a false happiness into Lorelei's words as the listener can hear the pain and sadness crack through. Even though Lorelei had hurt those she said she loved most, quite badly at times, I couldn't help wanting to give this fictional character a hug and try to help her. Even being done with the story I still can't get her out of my head!
While I know this sounds just horribly sad it isn't all bad. We do get a sense that things could be different in the future for some of the Birds, if they are willing to get help and help each other heal and move on. Regardless of where these characters might have gone after the story technically ended, the time spent with each of them was quite the journey. I'm always amazed when an author can make me truly feel for their fictional characters and Lisa Jewell definitely did that. I am so excited to see what else she has to offer!