Homecoming

Susie Steiner

Homecoming

Up on the North Yorkshire moors, the Hartle family is about to have a life-changing year. Ann and Joe, with more than thirty years of marriage and two sons between them, are torn between giving up and pressing on with their struggling farm. Max, their older son, is set to inherit the farm and his wife Primrose has news to share, but is he ready for these new responsibilities? Their younger son, Bartholomew, escaped to the south as soon as he could, building a new life for himself with his girlfriend Ruby. But when tragedy strikes he is forced to return home - and must come to terms with his past, in order to create a future. Filled with both the joys and losses of ordinary life, Homecoming is a big-hearted drama about how a family falls apart and comes back together again from a hugely talented new writer. 3.9 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
Homecoming

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction
Format Hardcover
Pages 304
RRP
Date of Publication April 2013
ISBN 978-0571297191
Publisher Faber and Faber
 

Up on the North Yorkshire moors, the Hartle family is about to have a life-changing year. Ann and Joe, with more than thirty years of marriage and two sons between them, are torn between giving up and pressing on with their struggling farm. Max, their older son, is set to inherit the farm and his wife Primrose has news to share, but is he ready for these new responsibilities? Their younger son, Bartholomew, escaped to the south as soon as he could, building a new life for himself with his girlfriend Ruby. But when tragedy strikes he is forced to return home - and must come to terms with his past, in order to create a future. Filled with both the joys and losses of ordinary life, Homecoming is a big-hearted drama about how a family falls apart and comes back together again from a hugely talented new writer.

Reviews

The Observer

Lucy Scholes

Journalist Susie Steiner's debut novel is kitchen-sink drama meets The Archers – a powerful, visceral portrait of the ties that bind, and those that break. Steiner has written a truly exceptional study of human flaws and frailties, down to the detail of a man's unthinking choice of "that slippery wrapping paper that's extra thin – extra cheap" used for a supposed loved-one's Christmas present; and the ordinary tragedies of possibility that amount to nothing and people who continually disappoint.

13/04/2013

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The Daily Express

Sophie Donnelly

While the vast and sometimes unforgiving North Yorkshire Moors provide the picture perfect farmland backdrop, the story is very much rooted in the complex relationships between the Hartle family. The telling of it is passed between the characters as smoothly as a relay baton, with each one taking their turn to push the story towards its climax.

03/05/2013

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The Guardian

Alfred Hickling

If the chain-of-disaster plot becomes slightly predictable, Steiner shows great empathy for her characters … The book has been soundly researched: Steiner clearly knows about the dwindling market value of store lambs, incentive schemes for fuel crops and the like. What it doesn't really demonstrate is a truly elemental sense of connection with the land as evidenced in Ross Raisin's peerless account of growing up on a North Yorkshire hill farm.

03/05/2013

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The Times

Kate Saunders

… warm and engaging …

06/04/2013

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