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Liddie Treadway grew up on a family farm in Iowa where options for her future were marriage or teaching. Encouraged by suffragette rhetoric and her maiden aunt, Liddie is determined to avoid both and pursue a career. Her goal is within her grasp when her older sister’s abrupt departure threatens to keep her on the farm forever.

Once she is able to experience the world she’
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Published July 2014 by Rising Sun Press (first published June 1st 2014)
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Go Away Home is a beautiful story of an Iowa farm family in the early 1900s. The family is strong and no matter what troubles or tragedies come their way, they remain strong and supportive.

Central to the story is Liddie Treadway, the youngest of the Treadway children. Liddie's character is well crafted, and the reader watches Liddie work toward her dreams and, like all young men or women, stumble and fall. However, Liddie is a strong soul and she picks herself up each time.

Woven into Liddie's s
Kate Papas
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Travel in Time, Place and Custom

GO AWAY HOME is a fascinating novel that offers us an opportunity to travel to some older, idealized times – even if not always to ‘good ole times’ – and which takes place in an Iowa of the early twenties. Liddie, the main character, is much more than just a courageous girl; she’s a born fighter. Given the circumstances, habits and customs of her era, she’s not only daring, but occasionally downright revolutionary. For no matter how kind, self-disciplined and re
Apr 01, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
I'm pleased to share this review from the Historical Novel Society:

"Skillfully blends the events of the wider world into the talk and gossip of small-town Iowa. The secondary characters are well fleshed-out, especially the other female characters who are smoothly used to illustrate many aspects of women's lives in the first half of the 20th century. The result is a memorable and warmly small-focus novel that repays re-reading. - Steve Donoghue, Historical Novel Society

GO AWAY HOME was inspired b
Shirley Showalter
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I read this book through two lenses. First, as an admirer of Carol's memoir, Growing Up Country, and second, as an American Studies scholar interested in historical fiction. I am also fascinated by the author's journey from memoir to fiction, which is a subject that I will invite Carol to answer on my blog June 2.

Both the cover and the title of the book suggest more than they say. Go Away Home could mean many things. "Scat, your home is elsewhere." "Stop haunting me, home." "Leave where you are,
Christoph Fischer
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Go Away Home” by Carol Bodensteiner is a beautiful book about a family in Iowa in 1913. Despite drama and tragedy they remain strong and supportive of each other. Young Liddie, the main character wants to move to the nearby town to train as a seamstress. Her character is like one of Jane Austin’s best (Liddie in one scene of the book actually does read Austin): naïve, innocent but also ambitious and good hearted. Her sister Amelia falls pregnant out of wedlock and her father gets seriously injur ...more
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Even though this is not my preferred genre, I am so glad I was given an opportunity to read it.

Few books lead me in to the story being conveyed in such a way that, when I'm finished with the book, I don't want to read another for quite some time. I want to take time to remember the characters, cherish the lives they've lived, and absorb the memories they've created as if I had known them personally and have been made a better person for it. I am afraid to overwrite the characters in my mind, the
Kati Polodna
Received ARC from GoodRead's First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to like this: I grew up in Wisconsin; my grandparents grew up on farms; I love pre-WWI history. But no, I just...didn't, and I'm sorry I didn't.

I hoped for more character development (sometimes they seemed shallow or two-dimensional and then they'd make a declaration of love or something and I'd be like...huh?). I hoped for gorgeous scenes; I don't feel like setting was used effectively when there was so
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Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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“Liddie Treadway grew up on a family farm where options for her future were marriage or teaching. Encouraged by suffragette rhetoric and her maiden aunt, Liddie is determined to avoid both and pursue a career. Her goal is within her grasp when her older sister’s abrupt departure threatens to keep her on the farm forever.

Once she is able to experience the world she’s dreamed of, Liddie is enthralled with her independence, a new-found passion for photography, and the man who teach
Mary Bees
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed book. Well-written. I found it interesting to read what life was like for people, especially women during the World War I period. Life was not easy. I liked the characters and felt their pain, sorrow and joy. I would recommend it.
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A story of going back home.

Kathleen Kelly
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Go Away Home is a story that takes the reader back to just before, during and at the very end of World War II in the American Midwest. Liddie Treadwell is a young girl at the beginning of the story and has dreams to leave the farm she lives on with her parents and sister Amelia. She just may be able to get away and move to a close town to apprentice with a seamstress. Her parents of course want her to settle down, marry and have children, which she does want someday but not for awhile. She is gr ...more
Kathleen Pooler
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Go Away Home is an invitation to step back in time to the early 1900’s and experience life through the eyes of a young Iowan farm girl whose dreams of finding a career and moving away from the family farm are lost and found.

The story swept me in in the first chapter with Liddie Treadwell contemplating life away from the farm as she kneads bread in her kitchen. We are introduced to her Aunt Kate who represents an independent woman of her time. She serves as a role model for Liddie. When Liddie’s
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Go Away Home
By Carol Bodensteiner

Go Away Home by Carol Bodensteiner is an endearing historical fiction novel set in the early 1900's in Iowa. We are quickly caught up in the life of a young farm girl, Liddie, as she is coming of age filled with dreams of leaving the farm and becoming a dress designer. Liddie matures from a naive young woman to a mature, wise woman who takes chances on making her dreams a reality but continues being torn to take on the pressing needs of the farm when family trage
Sophie David
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect from this book apart from a the basic description I read. I knew it had a lovely cover but I apart from that I wasn't prepared to be so thoroughly swept away by the beauty of this book.
Liddie Treadwell had hopes and dreams bigger than baking bread on her parents' farm in Iowa but when her sister brings trouble to the family, it sets her back and when a life-changing tragedy befalls the family her freedom seems further away than ever but when she persuades her mother
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, iowa
I wanted to read this book because I read Growing Up Country several years ago and absolutely loved it. The story of Liddie Treadway really drew me in, and I was surprised at how much I ended up relating to her as I read about her life and its twists and turns.

I enjoy reading historical fiction and memoirs of rural farm life, and greatly appreciated the care that obviously went into the details regarding life in Iowa in the 1910s. (And the author consulted interpreters from Living History Farms
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
From the very first chapter of Go Away Home, Carol Bodensteiner draws us into the central conflicts of her debut novel: old ways versus new, farm versus city, youth versus maturity, man versus woman. Raised on an Iowa farm by her tradition bound parents, Liddie Treadway hopes for a different life, one of adventure, independence, and a career in fashion. Despite two heart-breaking family events that interfere with Liddie’s dreams, in the fall of 1913 she is hired by a well-known dress maker and m ...more
Mary Gottschalk
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sixteen-year-old Liddie is a spinner of dreams at a time in history when there were few lifestyle choices available for a girl growing up in rural Iowa. She rejects the life of a farm wife or a teacher, but she can only imagine what options might lie beyond the boundaries of the farm or how to go about accessing them.

She pins her hopes on an unexpected opportunity to apprentice to a seamstress in a nearby town. When scandal and tragedy in her family block this opportunity, it is easy for the rea
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Go Away Home is a chance to immerse yourself into a world that is no more, through the eyes, mind, and heart of Liddie Treadway, coming of age on an Iowa farm during World War One. Her family expects her to marry, settle nearby, and spend her life cooking, cleaning, and caring for a farmer husband and his children. It seems her life is pre-ordained and no other path is open to her.

Before marriage, young women of the time are allowed a suitable and temporary occupation, such as teaching or sewin
I really don't know what to think about this book. It read like a memoir more than a fiction book. I can't say it was fun, I can't say it was happy, I can't say it was fascinating although it did hold my interest. I enjoyed the writing, and it was fairly well done, although I wouldn't call it great literature.

Based in 1913 - 1920ish, this was a story about Liddie Treadway, who was nearly 17 at the beginning, and in her early 20s at the end. She's always lived life on the farm but wanted somethi
David Lawlor
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In a poignant, romantic tale, Carol Bodensteiner takes us on a journey inside the heart of a feisty Liddie Treadaway, an Iowa farm girl trying to steer her own independent path through the conservative attitudes of America on the eve of World War One.

Bodensteiner is a fine writer. When she writes about rural America you can smell the hay and when she creates characters they are ones that tug at your heart strings.

In Go Away Home, she has created a formidable character in Liddie, who goes from c
S.R. Mallery
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
***** Nostalgia At Its Best

In the same tradition of Willa Cather’s “My Antonia” and William Wyler’s “Friendly Persuasion,” Carol Bodensteiner’s “GO AWAY HOME” is a lovely stroll through twentieth century America. Strong characters and vivid scenes set the stage, as well as pull the reader along throughout. Scenes such as the ins and outs of making bread, ‘training’ sessions of rope-tied legs to help move in a hobble skirt, initial photographic techniques, sewing in a professional seamstress’ sho
Robert Bodensteiner
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The story begins prior to World War I with Liddie Treadway as the self-centered child whose dream of escaping the Iowa farm has been shattered by what she perceives as everyone conspiring against her.

Only when Joe, the hired hand, returns does Liddie realizes that Aunt Kate is right. “It’s not where you are, but who you are that counts.”

It’s through the wise council of Aunt Kate and the Wisdom of Mrs. Tinker that Liddie matures to the point where she realizes that the grass is greenest where t
Ruby Barnes
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Like a carefully crafted quilt, this book will give you memories to treasure.

I really enjoyed this book and it was my steady Kindle companion for an enjoyable week. The sense of time and place feels totally authentic. Characters are delicately layered, individual and credible. No one is an ogre, no one is a saint. Issues of the time (well, I guess these societal issues are perennial) - poverty, the call to war, women's suffrage, misogyny, prejudice, bigotry and racism - are handled perfectly. Ch
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Go Away Home by Carol Bodensteiner

This is the story of Liddie Treadway, set in the early 1900's. Liddie lives on her family farm, and during this era her life choices were limited. Most young women of the time got married or became teachers. Liddie wants more, she wants to leave the farm. But feels unsure if this is what she should do.

The story chronicles Liddies' life and the inner conflicts of what is expected of her and what her heart is telling her to do. I liked Liddie she is a strong leadi
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was quickly drawn into this beautifully crafted tale – and enjoyed every page, even when it brought me to tears. The story was well written and engaging. Liddie was easy to connect with and I found myself very invested in her life. The hardships she and her family face make me that much more grateful for modern medicine.
I don’t know what else to say about this book – it really was a delightful read. I highly recommend.

*I received this book for free as part of a First Reads promotion. My opin
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: delightful
This was a awe inspiring book this is the kind of book that touches your soul. I can't say enough about how wonderful this book was. I won this book on Good reads. Thank you
P.C. Zick
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Carol Brodensteiner was asked in an interview what was the best thing someone could say about her novel Go Away Home. She said, “I think the best thing someone could tell me is that they were touched by the characters and the story. That would mean they felt the story was well told, which was my goal in the first place. The second best thing is that they came away from the book knowing more about life in the early twentieth century.”

Go Away Home, Ms. Brodensteiner’s first novel, scores on both c
Story Circle Book Reviews
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
In Go Away Home, Carol Bodensteiner's work of historical fiction, the author spins an interesting and entertaining tale loosely based on the life of her grandparents. Set against the backdrop of World War I, the story provides a glimpse into the life of a young woman, Liddie Treadway, on the cusp of adulthood and eager for something more than the simple farm life she has grown up with.

Liddie wrestles with career and relationship choices as she takes her first tentative steps into the world away
Susan Weidener
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I admit I haven’t been a fan of historical fiction since I was in high school and read Kathleen Winsor's amazing Forever Amber. As I got older, my tastes veered toward contemporary fiction, nonfiction and memoir (yes, even chick lit) because I wanted to find within those pages more about myself and my own unfolding life. I HAVE been a fan of Carol Bodensteiner’s, however. Her lovely memoir, Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl, so rich in detail of the rural Midwest, was a factor in ...more
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a well written story about a young woman, Liddie who was born on a farm in Iowa at the turn of the 20ieth century. She longs to be anywhere but on the farm. Her aunt works in the city and is involved in women's suffrage and brings stories to Liddie about what might be if women get the vote. Liddie also has a talent for sewing and she hopes to work as a seamstress creating beautiful dresses. An opportunity arises for her to apprentice with a dressmaker and she is set to go but the actions ...more
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Carol Bodensteiner, BA, MA, is the author of the memoir Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl (Rising Sun Press, 2008). Go Away Home, her WWI-era novel published in 2014 is the 2014 Readers' Favorite SILVER MEDAL winner in the Historical Fiction-Personage category.

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