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This Is Home

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  763 ratings  ·  179 reviews
From the author of book club favorite The Salt House comes a deeply affecting novel about a teenage girl finding her voice and the military wife who moves in downstairs, united in their search for the true meaning of home.

Sixteen-year-old Libby Winters lives in Paradise, a seaside town north of Boston that rarely lives up to its name. After the death of her mother, she li
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Atria Books
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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature

I had been in a bit of a book slump and thriller burnout when a Goodreads friend, Susanne, recommended this book to me. I am so grateful to her, this book was just what I needed. Ms. Duffy’s writing flows so well and I was engaged by the book from the very beginning. This is a great story with wonderful writing and more than one life message that can be taken from it.

“This is Home” by Ms. Duffy shows us, by her carefully crafted characters and their interacti
Angela M (On a little break)
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it

People leave people behind everyday. Sometimes they just walk out the door, sometimes they die, sometimes they go off to war and sometimes even when they are with you, they have already abandoned you. The alternating narrators have the latter in common. Sixteen year old Libby’s mother died of cancer, but Libby is perceptive enough about her life to reflect on the reality of what happened. “And in my mind I think, dying isn’t the only way someone disappears.” Quinn’s husband, suffering from PTSD
Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)

This is Home is about friendship, love, and family. Most importantly, it is about those who are there to pick up the pieces when all else fails--no matter what.

Libby is 16 years old and lives with her police officer father, Bent, and their large and lazy dog, Rooster. After her mother dies, she and Bent moved from their home to a 3 family house, owned by her aunt Lucy. Her aunts Lucy and Desiree live on the third floor, and recently, a woman named Quinn moved in on the fi
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
5 Heartfelt Stars. One of My Favorites of 2019!

There is this feeling that overcomes you as soon as you open “that book” - that one special book. The ones that are few and far between. It’s like when you strike that match and it lights. A glow, an ember of orange fire takes hold and whoosh: flame. A warm feeling took hold of my entire heart when I began reading “This is Home” by Lisa Duffy. It was as if a flame ignited inside of me and I knew, I too, was home.

There are two young women who are
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are in a reading slump, if you want to feel good, if you want to read a book with well-developed characters dealing with real life issues - READ THIS BOOK!

I'm not going to say too much about the plot as the book synopsis nails it. What I will say is what worked for me. I was immediately drawn into the world of these well-developed characters who had their own quirks and distinct personalities. Some were entertaining, some were interesting, some were lovable, some you wanted to shake, but
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
I loved this beautifully written and intensely emotional story. At times I found myself crying and laughing, and other times, I was yelling at the characters. The characters became so real to me with their struggles and heartache.

I found the different POVs interesting here with teenager Libby who is trying to understand an adult world and adult Quinn who is trying to understand her adult world. Each with their own sorrow and conflicts and both are trying to find their place in it all.

Lisa Duff
”… ‘There’s no place like home.’ - Dorothy

Books like This is Home are why I read. The hope that I will find some connection, feel some sense of this created world, these people, the place, the struggles they face, and the joy they manage to find despite the many obstacles, to feel it all, the hearts broken, and the ones healed. We learn so much, about the world, and about ourselves, when we walk in another person’s shoes.

Engaging from the start, this story is about love in its many form
Larry H
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a terrific book!

Sixteen-year-old Libby Winters is surrounded by family. She has lived with her father, Bent, in the middle-level apartment of a triple-decker house, since her mother died. Because Bent is a policeman and often works nights, his two sisters, Lucy and Desiree, are tasked with watching over her, which generally means smothering her or encouraging her rebellion, depending upon which aunt is in charge.

For her part, Libby is tired of everyone giving her advice or worrying abou
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Duffy beautifully crafts a story about finding love and connections with others in the most unexpected ways.

This truly was a masterpiece of a story and left my heart full of happiness.

I think this book came at the best time in my life right now. It's been so hectic and crazy with wedding planning and Lisa's talent and voice soars through this novel. Lisa creates unforgettable characters that will leave you aching for them, loving them, and crying for them. I was absolutely floored with Lis
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, net-galley
4 stars

I thought this was a really enjoyable and worthwhile novel, the first I have read from Lisa Duffy. The title just as well could have been “What Is Home?” as the story makes that clear. It’s not where you are or if you are with blood relatives or not. It’s where you are with people you care about and who care about you, and it’s a place you can build out of the rubble of your life.

Quinn has it rough. She loses a set of precious twins through miscarriage and essentially loses her husband t
Jennifer Blankfein
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is Home is an emotional story of Libby, a motherless teenage girl trying to create and define her home along with Quinn, a military wife who feels abandoned and is searching for belonging. The characters are searching for connection and the family they really want is not always an option.

Teenage Libby lives with her father, Brent, who has returned from the military to raise her. Her mother left when she was very young, came back in time to fight and lose her battle with cancer, leaving the
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free e-copy of This is Home by Lisa Duffy from NetGalley for my honest review.

Oh my goodness, my heart. Such a moving and unforgettably emotional yet heart warming story!

Libby, who is sixteen years old, lives in the town of Paradise, near Boston. She lives in the middle apartment of her Aunt Lucy's building that consists of three apartments. Libby's two aunts live in another of the apartments and the third tenant is a man named John, who served with Libby’s dad, Bent, in the militar
Cindy Burnett
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This Is Home is a beautiful story of redemption, family, and friendship. Duffy’s prose is lyrical, and her ability to tell a story is outstanding. I highly, highly recommend this book; it is a spectacular read.

Listen to my podcast at https://www.thoughtsfromapage.com for fun author interviews including an interview with Lisa. For more book reviews, check out my Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/thoughtsfro....
Aga Durka
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“This is Home” is a perfect title for this beautiful story, because this book feels just like HOME. Books like this remind me why I love to read; they just make me FEEL. It was a pleasure reading this novel and I will definitely buy a copy of it to keep it on my shelf as this book is worth re-reading whenever I am feeling nostalgic or stressed out. Wonderful story of love, friendships, family dynamics, and everyday problems that many of us face in this crazy world. Just do yourself a favor and r ...more
Libby lives with her father, Bentley (Bent to nearly everyone) and their oversized, lazy dog Rooster Cogburn. And then there's also her Aunts Lucy and Desiree, who live in the apartment above them. And now there's Quinn. Quinn's husband John and Bent served together in Iraq. Bent invites Quinn to live in the basement apartment after John goes missing, suffering from PTSD. Libby feels the place is crowded enough already. And Quinn's not too thrilled to be there either. But, before either of them ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is Home is a beautiful, character driven novel. What is home? Is home where the heart is or the place you feel wanted and safe?

This story is told in alternate perspectives. We meet Libby, a 16 yr old , living with her Dad Bent. She is a strong, assertive young lady- such a likeable character. We also meet Quinn, whose husband has gone missing, leaving her feeling in limbo. Thanks to Bent, she has a place to stay.

Through our two main characters and all the loving people that surround them,
I knew after reading Lisa Duffy's book The Salt House in 2017 that she was a special writer—the kind who writes a book that just grabs at your heart and leaves such an impression because it's so deeply moving and heartfelt. I knew then that I'd read anything Duffy wrote, a feeling that was deepened after reading her exquisite new novel, This is Home.

Lucy, Desiree, and Bent are three adult siblings who share a three-level apartment home along with Bent’s 16 year old daughter Libby.  Bent, ex-mili
Jamie Rosenblit
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Every once in a while, a book comes along that absolutely stuns me, blows me away and makes me want to savor every chapter. As a naturally speedy reader, forcing myself to slow down is tough, but This is Home had me so utterly gripped that I did not want this book to end. Told in beautiful writing, I was gripped from the beginning with this story of father/daughter duo Libby & Bent and their downstairs neighbor, Quinn. Uniting this family is their military bond and shared experiences with PTSD a ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is a feeling of home about this book although there are tragedies as well - we all have them don't we? Libby lives with her father, Bent, in a 3 apartment building owned by her Aunt Lucy who lives on the third floor with Libby's Aunt Desiree. A newcomer, Quinn, moves into the first floor apartment. Quinn's husband had disappeared before she moved in and Bent, who had been in the service with Quinn's husband, helps her move into the apartment.

The characters in this book are both well-develo
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
This is Home is a heartbreaking story that tackles some tough issues like PTSD. It’s also a heartwarming story that contains lovable flawed characters and issues of overcoming hardships and living your best life.
Renee (itsbooktalk)
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever finish a book and feel like you’ve just said goodbye to friends you’re not ready to say goodbye to? That’s how I felt about This is Home.

When I started this story I wasn’t sure I was in the mood for a character driven story but within the first 15 pages I was hooked. The book begins with a sad, somewhat vague prologue and then alternates between Quinn and Libby’s perspectives. ⠀⠀
Quinn is in limbo after her husband John, who”s returned from the war and suffering from PTSD, vanishes. L
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"Home is where the heart is"--something the two main characters of this new story by Lisa Duffy need to learn.

Libby is the motherless teenaged daughter of Bentley Winters, Iraqi war veteran and police officer in Paradise, MA. They are living on the second floor of a three-decker house, owned by Bent's sister Lucy. She shares the upper story with their youngest sibling, Desiree, who is once again fighting with her boyfriend.

Into their midst comes Quinn Ellis, whose husband, a soldier suffering f
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author, Atria Books, and Simon and Schuster for a free copy of this book for review. This was one of my most anticipated books for 2019. I loved the author’s previous book The Salt House and I was eager to read this one. I’m happy to say it was just as good as I had hoped. Lisa writes such amazing authentic characters. Sixteen year old Libby lives with her father Bent. Her estranged mother has passed away and Libby and Bent live on the middle floor of their house and her aunts l ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
If you are looking for a beautifully written story with a ensemble cast of characters that are not only incredibly well drawn, but also wholly relatable, then look no further because This is Home was absolutely gorgeous! I’ve had The Salt House on my TBR forever and after reading this gem it won’t be lingering on my unread shelf much longer.

This is told via alternate perspectives, it flips between Libby and Quinn as Quinn moves into a new apartment where Libby lives with her family. Each woman h
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
**This Is Home generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

4 "I wasn't sure when things had changed." Stars

This novel was a great joy to read; completely unexpected and wholly heartfelt. It's a group of misfit characters muddling through life attempting to understand that they actually do fit, it's just the where and how that's tripping them up. The author very eloquently and honestly delves into tough subject matter without laboring on those topics. She
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I loved everything about this book!!

You know those books that grab you from the beginning and you want to spend every waking moment devouring the pages while simultaneously not wanting it to end? This Is Home was that book for me. Libby, Quinn, Bent and Desiree (all the characters really) were so authentic that I felt like I knew them personally. Some were flawed and messy while still full of heart. One moment my heart was breaking then the snarky dialogue would come along and have me laughing
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Listen up people!! If you have't read Duffy's The Salt House, I suggest you run out and buy that immediately and while you're there, might as well pick this one up too. Both are solid 5 star reads for me and this one truly touched my heart because of the very real and important subject matter of PTSD that this story surrounds. As a military brat and as someone who did a year internship at the Domiciliary Care Unit at the VA hospital in Dayton helping those with PTSD, this one just shot straight ...more
Cassidy (Cassidys.Bookshelf)
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
After getting fully invested in the characters I needed more at the end! Really good.
Kate Olson
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(free review copy) Lisa Duffy has done it AGAIN ❤️ My husband and I both adored her debut novel, THE SALT HOUSE, and felt ALL the feelings while reading it. In THE IS HOME, Duffy yet again brings out the emotions, this time the trauma caused by untreated PTSD in soldiers.
I don’t want to share too much of the storyline this early but I highly recommend adding this domestic fiction to your summer reading list.....and make sure you pick a block of dedicated reading time to start it because you sim
Sandi Ward
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. This is Home is a story about connections—pulling those we love close, and choosing not to let go. Characters in the small town of Paradise face challenges, but never struggle alone. There’s always a friend or family member extending a hand to those in need, and as a reader I wanted to reach out myself and help, as I got completely engrossed in the story. The story perfectly captures the authentic, every-day struggles of a tight-knit community, with characters I empathized wi ...more
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Lisa Duffy is the author of This is Home and The Salt House, named by Real Simple as a Best Book of the Month upon its June release, as well as one of Bustle’s Best Debut Novels by Women in 2017, a She Reads Book Club selection and Refinery 29’s Best Beach Reads of 2017.
Lisa received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts. Her short fiction was nominated for a Pushcart P

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