Nowhere but Home: A Novel
Bestselling author Liza Palmer carries readers to North Star, Texas, in the amusing and poignant Nowhere But Home.
After Queenie Wake is dismissed from her restaurant job, she returns to North Star to cook meals for death row inmates.
Hopeful that the bad memories of her late mother and promiscuous sister (now the mother of the captain of the high school football team) have...more
Heartbroken, Queenie leaves North Star for a career as a chef when the love of her life, Wes McKay, bows to family ...more
I have come to look forward to the latest Liza Palmer book with a vigorous sort of yearning. I discovered her through the hilarious and thoughtful Seeing Me Naked, and I did not look back. I've loved each of Palmer's previous four novels, but this one . . . I think this one is my favorite. It's certainly the one I had the most trouble letting go of, both when I had to stop reading to deal with some real life matter and when I finished the final satisfying ...more
So why did I keep reading? I wasn't even ...more
Love, love, love. This is going to definitely be one of my favorites of 2013. It's aching in the best of ways, and perfect for anyone who has a complicated relationship with their roots. I'll write a longer review on the blog, but Nowhere But Home ticked so many boxes for me, and I adored it so, so, so much. Basically, this is such a "Sarah Book" and I'll be reading the author's backlist ASAP. ...more
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Nowhere But Home is a beautiful piece of literature. It captures a setting, a tone, a story so profoundly moving, yet so well-honed in simplicity and restraint. There are no extra bells and whistles here, but just the plain and simple truths of life in a ...more
Palmer writes of family, hope, and love. Nowhere But Home is a distinctly character-driven novel, following Queenie Wake as she returns to her ...more
Queenie Wake has spent the last ten years bouncing from job to job. Never settling down anywhere, never fitting in. She is currently in New York, but her employment abruptly ends after she fights with a patron over putting ketchup on his eggs. Now she is once again out of work, with nowhere to go and no place to live. She decides it is time to go back home to Lone Star, Texas to visit her sister, despite the fact ...more
Liza Palmer’s book Seeing Me Naked is one of my favorite books of all time. I’ve been meaning to check out her backlist for awhile and picked up Nowhere But Home on a whim.
The writing itself is enjoyable and as readable as ever. Palmer knows how to make a book readable that in itself gave the book a huge plus.
On the downside though, the story itself is extremely trite. I could predict almost everything that was going to happen before it did. And ...more
I have been meaning to read another Liza Palmer novel ever since Seeing Me Naked surprised me by how good it was. So many other titles have distracted me and I wasn’t able to get back to her writing until I recently picked up Nowhere But Home. I was feeling a little homesick and thought it would be a good idea to read a book about coming home. I found it funny that the main character is named Queen Elizabeth because this isn’t the first time that I’ve heard of someone ...more
Sad that the main character was such an idiot. Seriously, I know that chronological age has nothing to do with maturity, but really? This woman is (a much hyped) 31 years old and she's just now figuring out that other people feel things too? She's just now thinking that other people feel deeply, and perhaps differently than she ...more
My thoughts after reading this book...
I thought this book was delightful, heart warming and insightful...Queenie...a chef...gets fired from practically all of her chef jobs...her cooking is great but she can't stop telling people how they should eat. Catsup with eggs? That's a definitive no in Queenie's world so she gets fired again and again and again. So...she finally goes home...to North Star, Texas. Home to her sister, her nephew, her ...more
I liked this book quite a bit more than the first book I read by this author. I liked the relationship between Queenie and her sister, Merry Carol. I enjoyed the quips between two that understand each other regardless of the fact they haven't seen much of each other for the past few years. I didn't find that unbelievable. Sisters and very old friends are like that. I liked the relationship between Queenie and her nephew and between her nephew and his blood half brother. I didn't care ...more
To say I devoured this book is an understatement. I finished the book and was left wanting more. It's a beautiful story that raised a lot of questions while and after I ...more
I have to laugh because my library put a "love" sticker on it, like many do for romance novels. Romantic love is only one small piece of the different kinds of love this book has. There's also love of home, love of family, and love of self. I've never had any of the experiences Queenie has lived through and yet there are so many things in the book that speak to me. Highly recommended.
I'm a writer. And a freelance editor. Finding books that grab my attention and really, really bite down is tough -- I'm sure many bibliophiles understand this sentiment all too well. So many books, so little time! I saw Liza Palmer last year at the Surrey International Writers Conference -- she gave a keynote speech that reduced me to tears because SHE WAS SPEAKING RIGHT TO ME, I SWEAR (Velveteen Rabbit forever!). I left the ...more
As our star of North Star (sorry, that was cheesy), Queenie is the youngest child of a notorious town harlot who met an untimely end years before. Long shadowed by her mother’s seedy life and dramatic death, ...more
In a sentence, this book is about homecoming and making peace with the past. Protagonist Queenie Wake ran away from her home ...more
Now she is a chef who is fired from every job she gets, doesn't fit in anywhere she ...more
As Queenie learns, the only way to look forward ...more
I found the characters kind of pathetic and a majority of the plot cliche. A few aspects were interesting: an absent and emotionally abusive mother murdered, Queenie making last meals... but overall I just didn't get why they didn't move away from north star together. if everett knew Queenie left and was divorced why didn't he reach out? How could Queenie not move on at all from Everett in 15 years being away?? So Cal doesn't get any recognition from his father?
I guess the whole small ...more
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Palmer’s fifth novel, Nowhere but Home, is about a ...more