Home Safe: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg

By Elizabeth Berg

During this novel, loved bestselling writer Elizabeth Berg weaves a superbly written and richly resonant tale of a mom and daughter in emotional transit. Helen Ames–recently widowed, dealing with loss and grief, not able to do the paintings that has regularly sustained her–is commencing to rely a ways an excessive amount of on her twenty-seven-year-old daughter, Tessa, and is interfering in her lifestyles, delivering unsolicited and unwelcome suggestion. Helen’s difficulties are compounded by means of her surprising discovery that her mild-mannered and constant husband used to be it appears major a double lifestyles. The Ameses had painstakingly stored for a cheerful retirement, yet that cash disappeared in different huge withdrawals made through Helen’s husband sooner than he died. so as to help herself and garner a degree of a lot wanted independence, Helen takes an strange activity that finally ends up supplying excess of she had expected. after which a telephone name from a stranger units Helen on a stunning direction of discovery that factors either mom and daughter to re-evaluate what they proposal they knew approximately one another, themselves, and what relatively makes a house and a kinfolk.

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Whereas the air I disturbed and infected with my presence can have been of but shallow volume. Fairies I never saw – I had a kind of fear and distaste for them even in books. Nor for that matter – perhaps because the stream here was too tumbling and opaque – a kingfisher. But whatever other company may have been mine, I had the clouds and the water and the insects and the stones – while pimpernel, mouse-tail, tormentil, the wild strawberry, the feathery grasses seemed to have been made expressly for my delight.

Now and again he would favour me with a serious speech, and then, with a glance, perhaps hurry away to his study 53 before I could answer. To his half-completed dissertations on Hop, Cherry, and Paper, I learned he had added another, on the Oyster. Many of his letters were now postmarked Whitstable. He even advertised in his old enemy, the Courier, for information: and would break out into furious abuse at the stupidity of his correspondents. Meanwhile his appetite increased; he would nod in his chair; his clothes grew shabby; his appearance neglected.

A challenge which rarely failed to persuade me to set to. My grandfather sent me other pygmy books from Paris, including a minute masterpiece of calligraphy, Une Anthologie de Chansons pour une Minuscule Aimante et Bien-aimée par P. de R. These I could easily carry about with me. I soon learned to accustom my arms and shoulders to bulkier and more cumbrous volumes. My usual method with a common-sized book was to prop it up towards the middle of the table and then to seat myself at the edge. The page finished, I would walk across and turn over a fresh leaf.

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