Published by Harper Collins on 7/29/2014
Source: TLC Book Tours
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Years after leaving her family in Montana for a high power law firm in Seattle, Alma Terrebonne is called back when her hard-partying younger sister, Vicky, is found dead. Despite Vicky’s seemingly accidental death, Alma uses her time in Montana to pull together strings from the past and pieces of the present into a single truth.
“That’s just it. How can you show what our lives are without demeaning the struggle people go through every day to keep one of these old places together, keep food on the table? How do you show how hard it is—not romanticize it—without discounting the richness?”
It’s clear throughout The Home Place that La Seur has a deep connection to both the land and people of Montana. However, there’s a bit of a disconnect between her passion and the characters she’s created. The Home Place is filled with an array of characters that make up the richness of a town like Billings, yet they end up feeling two-dimensional and underdeveloped. Unfortunately, that fate seems to come at the hands of the novel’s plot. Though the story of Vicky’s death is an interesting one, it requires the reader to be pulled in many directions toward a number of secondary characters. Rather than diving deep into the life of a gay man in Montana or taking a serious look at the impact of mining, the novel meanders toward the topics before being snapped back into a mystery.
Though La Seur never falls into the trap of romanticizing life in Billings, The Home Place takes a wide look at life that could have benefited from a closer character study.
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