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The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson
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Aug 03, 12

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Read from May 18 to August 01, 2012

I understand why the reviews of this novel gave it high marks. The writing is good - but, I grew up in southern Minnesota descended from farmers, and I simply got tired of reading about such grim farm families. The people are distanced from one another - grinding out their hard working lives on farms or in small towns. The last chapter I read concerned the foreclosure and auction of one farm - an all too familiar story in the early 1970's. This was well written, emotional and portrayed the desperation and sadness of the times. However, another chapter had one of the main characters, then a graduate student, ruin his career when he brought one of his students to his apartment for dinner and drinks. He refuses her advances and yet cannot defend himself when she retaliates through his department after the evening. Really? Could he be so dumb in the first place? I don't have to have sunshine and joy on every page of a book but this story has dismal, life-is-pointless, joyless scenes throughout. At least as much as I read....
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