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Finding Caruso

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  137 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Seven years separate Buddy from his big brother, Lee, but the boys have always been close, comforting and protecting each other as their father-defeated by poor land and hostile weather-sank deeper into alcohol and rage. When a drink-fueled accident takes not only his life but that of the mother who tried so hard to shield her sons, the boys sell off what little remains of ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 24th 2003 by A Marian Wood Book/Putnam
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Nina Chambers
Jul 24, 2013 Nina Chambers rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread
A welcome re-read from some years back... It had been calling to me & thought I'd lost it! Discovered it last week on my bookshelf still! YAY! Northwest author, Kim Barnes, has produced a trans-generational tale with a sweet, true heart about growing up strong, with not much help in hard times but in community that is finding itself. It is so like my experience of MT in the 70's. It is real & true & good. How to find family when your own has failed you. A welcome old friend & a ...more
Dec 05, 2009 Carol rated it really liked it
I don't recall how I acquired this book, but it was a pleasant discovery on my shelf in my hunt to start a new one. I found the writing to be almost poetic at times - a real treat after having just finished a chick-lit one! Even though the material is on the dark side, which is not usually my favorite, I found myself liking many of the characters. Themes of various kinds of love, loyalty, responsibility, and friendship held my interest while trying to predict what decisions each person would ...more
Sep 17, 2010 Meg rated it did not like it
Embarrassing. It's a novel-length "The Thunder Rolls." No redeeming aspects, not even the local Lewiston, ID color.
The title refers to the 35 y.o. Irene's taste for the finer things vs. 16 y.o. narrator's exposure at the hands of his older brother to country music, boxing, and beer. Set in the 1930s. Really, really bad.
Aug 14, 2007 Laurie rated it liked it
When I first began reading this book I felt the author was trying to hard to have the sentences turned perfectly. Also, I felt that it wasn't that original. However, as I read on I began to enjoy it more and it definitely had elements that diverged from what I thought would be the usual formula of younger man/older woman. Definitely an enjoyable read.
Joneetha Pralou
Jan 16, 2010 Joneetha Pralou rated it liked it
Intriguing. Kim's writing tends to leave me feeling empty, that I've lost part of myself along the way, and they always seem to end on a sad note. That said, it was an interesting story line that pulls you in.
May 07, 2015 Kris rated it it was amazing
I first read this book in October 2003 and just finished it again today. I still give it five stars.
Aug 25, 2015 Ivy rated it liked it
It was okay, but I never think the sexual bond between a much younger man and a woman that's like 15 years older is or should be stronger than that between brothers.
Sep 23, 2008 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. The story is sweet, moving, poignant, terribly bittersweet, and the writing moved me to tears at times.
Alyson Hagy
Sep 26, 2012 Alyson Hagy rated it really liked it
Beautifully written and realized. Bittersweet, yes. But in all the ways I admire. Barnes is a dazzling rare bird--great at fiction and memoir. Brava.
Aug 04, 2009 Mary rated it it was ok
Liked the swimming in the Clearwater, but the drunken violence was a bit unsetteling no matter how true.
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Feb 09, 2013 Alicia rated it it was ok
Relationship between two brothers. Some interesting moments, not very good overall.
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I was born in Lewiston, Idaho, in 1958, and one week later, I returned with my mother to our small line-shack on Orofino Creek, where my father worked as a gyppo logger. The majority of my childhood was spent with my younger brother, Greg, in the isolated settlements and cedar camps along the North Fork of Idaho’s Clearwater River. I was the first member of my family to attend college. I hold a BA ...more
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