Join us as we discuss the 2013 All Iowa Reads selection The Year We Left Home by National Book Award finalist Jean Thompson.
“…a sweeping and emotionally powerful story of a single American family during the tumultuous final decades of the twentieth century. It begins in 1973 when the Erickson family of Grenada, Iowa, gathers for the wedding of their eldest daughter, Anita. Even as they celebrate, the fault lines in the family emerge. The bride wants nothing more than to raise a family in her hometown, while her brother Ryan watches restlessly from the sidelines, planning his escape. Joined by their cousin Chip, an unpredictable, war-damaged loner, the two begin a perilous journey to “freedom.” Torrie, the Ericksons’ youngest daughter, another rebel intent on escape, makes choices that bring about a tragedy that leaves the entire family changed forever.
The Year We Left Home follows the Erickson siblings as they confront prosperity and heartbreak, setbacks and triumphs, and seek their place in a country whose only constant seems to be breathtaking change.”