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It is the summer of 1959, and in a prairie town in Saskatchewan, Alec Monkman waits for his estranged daughter to come home, with the grandson he has never seen. But this is an uneasy reunion. Fiercely independent, Vera has been on her own since running away at nineteen -- first to the army, and then to Toronto. Now, for the sake of her young son, she must swallow her pride and return home after seventeen years. As the story gradually unfolds, the past confronts the present in unexpected ways as the silence surrounding Vera's brother is finally shattered and the truth behind Vera's long absence revealed. With its tenderness, humour, and vivid evocation of character and place,Homesickconfirms Guy Vanderhaeghe's reputation as one of Canada's most engaging and accomplished storytellers.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c1989
ISBN: 9780771086953
Characteristics: 292 p


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Apr 07, 2012

another wonderful book by guy elderly dad, daughter left home, comes back home with 12 year old secret....the writing is great

Sep 07, 2009

This novel's rendering of the attempts by an estranged father and daughter to establish a new relationship is straightforward, down to earth, unvarnished and very effecting because it never overtly pulls at the reader's heartstrings. The lives of the crusty but not uncaring father, the feisty daughter, her surprisingly but not unrealistically mature 12-year-old son and a dedicated and long-suffering family friend intertwine in emotionally resonant fashion.

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