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Better You Go Home

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  24 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Better You Go Home, a literary novel that combines the amiable frankness of Charles Baxter’s Feast of Love with the slow-burning tension of Sandor Márai’s Embers, takes the reader to Prague shortly after the Velvet Revolution.

Chico Lenoch, a Seattle attorney, wonders why his Czech father refuses to contact family left behind the Iron Curtain. Searching through his father’
Paperback, First, 236 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Coffeetown Press (first published September 12th 2013)
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Jayne Charles
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
I liked the idea behind this novel: Chico, the American son of a Czech immigrant, travels to his father’s homeland attempting to trace the half sister whose existence he only recently learned of. Chico is diabetic and also needs a kidney transplant, and the half-sister could be a possible donor. The question of whether he is tracing her simply for this purpose is left intriguingly open. Wondering how such a situation might resolve itself was the principal reason I kept reading. Quite a question ...more
L Avery Brown
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Mark Oppenlander
In Scott Driscoll's debut novel, we meet Chico Lenoch, a Seattle attorney and a diabetic desperately in need of a kidney transplant. The child of immigrants, Chico sometimes wonders why his father will not talk about his childhood and adolescence behind the Iron Curtain. In his father's belongings, Chico finds letters many decades old and realizes that he may still have a half sister in the Czech Republic. Against his doctor's wishes, he travels overseas in search of answers about his family's h ...more
Connie Jasperson
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Today I am dipping into the world of literary fiction, with Better You Go Home by indie author Scott Driscoll.

Technically this is a medical thriller, but the atmosphere of mystery and illusion, combined with the harsh other-world quality of the old Czech Republic make this novel a fantasy of a time gone by.

Seattle attorney Chico Lenoch wonders why his Czech father refuses to contact family left behind the Iron Curtain. Searching through his father’s attic after the Velvet Revolution,
Theresa Rose
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a unique book. Part mystery, part race against time, part love story with a strong dose of political thriller thrown in, this book was conceived when Scott, already a published and award-winning author, went to the Czech Republic to explore his own family roots with his father.

Seattle attorney, Chico Lenoch, is a long-term diabetic, on the verge of renal failure and in desperate need of a kidney. By accident, he learns that he may have a half sister in the Czech Republic who may qualify
Katherine Kirkpatrick
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing

“At once an immigrant story, a medical thriller, and a tale of love. Driscoll keeps all the skeins taut in his hand.” Reviewer Kathryn Trueblood put it well and succinctly. In this beautifully crafted novel, Seattle attorney Chico Lenoch makes a succession of trips, the final one with his father, to the Czech Republic to find the half sister he never knew. Father and son are bound to each other and to a handful of Czech relations and the father’s former neighbors by a mesh of harsh memories and
John Marsh
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
They say the past is a foreign country. In Better You Go Home, Scott Driscoll's substantive, thought-provoking and enjoyable novel, the narrator explores his family's past in a foreign country. The challenge is for this middle-aged American to understand the choices and compromises people have made to survive in an authoritarian regime, and how old enmities are affected when the regime changes. No one is innocent.

The novel takes place mostly in the Czech Republic in the mid-1990s, after the Sovi
Randee Baty
This book is different than what I normally read but I requested it in a LibraryThing giveaway because of it's setting in the Czech Republic. My family is Czech and we recently visited Prague and the small town my family came from so this interested me. The story itself takes some getting use to. I felt that I had come into the middle of the story with little explanation and was supposed to figure out quite a bit of it for myself. It involves the main character traveling to the Czech Republic t ...more
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
A journey into Czechoslovakia's modern times and the haunting legacy of Iron Curtain travails. For Chico Lenoch, the past is relentlessly present as he seeks both rescue from imminent kidney failure, and to free his half-sister from abandonment and torture. "Peel away the American skin and you will find deep deep loyalty to family." Milada says amid the ashes of conflagration. Chico's quest unfolds against a backdrop of manipulation, humiliation, torture, and rage, an ever-present reality of Eas ...more
Colleen Story
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Mr. Driscoll writes beautifully. This is a heartfelt story that helped me understand more what it's like to be the child of a parent who was displaced at a young age from his or her beloved home in another country. Also a story of fathers and sons and old family secrets that have a way of being revealed when they need to be.
Priscilla Long
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Better You Go Home is a father/son story of return to the old country, to things the father had thought best forgotten, to a lost sister. Threaded through Chico's quest for his sister and for the truth of the past is a love story. Chico's dire need for a kidney transplant puts a twist of suspense into everything that happens. Highly recommended.
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great Story! Couldn't put it down.
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Scott Driscoll, an award-winning writing instructor at the University of Washington, Continuing and Professional Education, took several years to finish Better You Go Home (October 2013, Coffeetown Press), a novel that grew out of the exploration of the Czech side of his family in the 1990s after Eastern Europe was liberated. Driscoll keeps busy teaching and freelancing stories to airline magazine ...more
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