This is Home by Lisa Duffy
Published: June 11, 2019 by Atria Books
Blurb: With gorgeous prose and a cast of characters that feel wholly real and lovably flawed, This Is Home is a nuanced and moving novel of finding where we belong.
My Thoughts: Do you ever finish a book and feel like you’ve just said goodbye to friends you’re not ready to say goodbye to? That’s how I felt about This is Home.
When I started this story I wasn’t sure I was in the mood for a character driven story but within the first 15 pages I was hooked. The book begins with a sad, somewhat vague prologue and then alternates between Quinn and Libby’s perspectives. ⠀⠀
Quinn is in limbo after her husband John, who”s returned from the war and suffering from PTSD, vanishes. Libby is a 16 year old girl who lives with her dad Bent, her dog Rooster (loved him!) and has her two aunts Desiree and Lucy helping to raise her as well. I completely connected with both Quinn and Libby as Duffy created two flawed yet extremely likable characters. ⠀⠀
In my opinion, two perspectives is the perfect number to tell this story because while their stories are separate they do overlap, plus each perspective brings in various ensemble characters making this a brilliant way to create a story with a variety of people to know and love…or not love. ⠀⠀
Friends, I flew through this book, finishing it in a day! The pace flows so well, the writing is gorgeous without ever feeling flowery or stilted, and the dialogue is perfection. Seriously, I can only imagine how hard it must be to create dialogue that literally zings, that makes characters feel like real people but Lisa Duffy has done just that! I hope you can tell I loved this book & highly recommend you add this to your summer TBRs.
Thanks to Atria Books via Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review