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Homesick

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  171 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
It is the summer of 1959, and in a prairie town in Saskatchewan, Alec Monkman waits for his estranged daughter to come home, with the grandson he has never seen. But this is an uneasy reunion. Fiercely independent, Vera has been on her own since running away at nineteen – first to the army, and then to Toronto. Now, for the sake of her young son, she must swallow her pride ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 3rd 1999 by Emblem Editions (first published 1989)
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Mmars
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I finished this several days ago and I’m still trying to decide if everything fit together. The story is largely set in Saskatchewan in 1959, with flashbacks to Vera’s childhood and life after she left home at the age of seventeen. Now in her mid- to late-30s she has a 12-year-old son, Daniel, who she worries obsessively over because of negative big city influences. So she decides to return to her isolated hometown to live with her father. This takes a 56 hour bus ride. I’ll think of that next t ...more
Jennifer
there were many moments in this book which i really enjoyed so much, but there were parts that just didn't come together for me. i was frustrated by the stubbornness and lack of communication going on between alec and vera (father and daughter in the novel). i get it. i do. people really are like this, and it's great to write around two characters like this. i suppose i just feel like more opportunities could have been taken to show more dimensions with alec and vera. they did have moments, and ...more
Ruthie
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: can-lit, cbc-reads, 2015
A quiet moving book with deeply developed characters and relationships. For the reader much is left unsaid but all is conveyed. For the characters in the story, much is left unsaid and the results are often tragic. Wonderful descriptions of place and time. Excellent writing.
Penny (Literary Hoarders)
I knew this was a 5-star read probably 2 pages in. My first read of Vanderhaeghe, but Homesick has made certain it will now not be my last. Fantastic read.
Brahm
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put this one down.
Jane Broadribb
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have never gone wrong with Guy Vanderhaeghe. I always get what I expect. Fully developed characters living in a fully developed novel. Thanks Guy!!
Claire
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
why did it take so long for me to find this treasure?
Debra
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thirty-six-year-old Vera Miller doesn’t want to return to her father’s home in the small town of Connaught, Saskatchewan, but she feels there’s little choice. As a single mother with a dead-end job and a twelve-year-old boy who’s falling under negative influences, it’s time to take action. The problem is that Vera’s been angry with her father since before she left home seventeen years earlier, and her anger hasn’t faded.

Homesick is a beautifully written story about a family who can’t accept, or
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Carly Svamvour
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
There's nothing all that fascinating about the book; nothing exotic or particularly shocking. It's the story of a typical family situation where a single mother returns to her father's home, even though it's the last place she wants to be, but she knows it's the best thing for her young teenage son.

I like the way Vanderhaeghe weaves the tale - he gives a little backstory here and there so the reader understands just how the mother and son came to be where they're at.

There's a brother and a litt
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Carol Harrison
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Couldn't decide if I "really liked" or only "liked" this book--I was definitely caught up in it and usually read longer than planned whenever I picked it up. The 2 main characters, Alex and his daughter Vera, are both so stubborn you want to shake them, but during the course of the novel you do get some insight into why this is so. Still maybe just a bit overdone. I like the descriptions, and the different points of view, although at times near the end of the book this becomes a little confusing ...more
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Guy Clarence Vanderhaeghe, OC, SOM is a Canadian fiction author.

Vanderhaeghe received his Bachelor of Arts degree with great distinction in 1971, High Honours in History in 1972 and Master of Arts in History in 1975, all from the University of Saskatchewan. In 1978 he received his Bachelor of Education with great distinction from the University of Regina. In 1973 he was Research Officer, Institute
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