In this stunning novel, beloved bestselling author Elizabeth Berg weaves a beautifully written and richly resonant story of a mother and daughter in emotional transit. Helen Ames–recently widowed, coping with grief, unable to do the work that has always sustained her–is beginning to depend too... show more
In this stunning novel, beloved bestselling author Elizabeth Berg weaves a beautifully written and richly resonant story of a mother and daughter in emotional transit. Helen Ames–recently widowed, coping with grief, unable to do the work that has always sustained her–is beginning to depend too much on her twenty-seven-year-old daughter, Tessa, meddling in her life and offering unsolicited advice. Then Helen is shocked to discover that her mild-mannered and seemingly loyal husband was apparently leading a double life. When a phone call from a stranger sets Helen on a surprising path of discovery, both mother and daughter reassess what they thought they knew about each other, themselves, and what really makes a home and a family.
Publish date: September 29th 2009
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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, Womens Fiction
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Grief. Writing - not writing. Family: husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, being a parent. Secrets. There's a lot this book is about, and, at the same time, it seems like it's not really about anything. I liked it a lot: any book that has more than three post-it notes in it has got someth...
I love this author, and parts of the story were great, but other parts really dragged for me.
Helen, the protagonist, was so unappealing and annoying, I wondered why I was continuing to read about her.
3.5 STARSAn interesting exploration of what "home" means to both Helen Ames and her daughter Tessa.Helen is a writer who's husband died unexpectedly and has come to rely on her daughter Tessa for more than she'd like to admit.Midge is Helen's friend who tells her that she needs to let Tessa grow up ...
In the aftermath of reading books like In Cold Bold and Sworn to Silence, I needed to visit with an old friend, so I picked up my autographed copy of Home Safe. And I may have said it before, but reading an Elizabeth Berg novel is like spending the afternoon with an old friend, one you feel comforta...