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Home Making

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  29 reviews
From a talented, powerful new voice in fiction comes a stunning novel about the intersection of three Southerners lives coming to grips with identity, family legacy, and what it means to make a house a true home.

Cybil is a war childthe result of a brief affair between a young Japanese woman and a French soldierwho at a young age is transplanted to Tucson, Arizona, and
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Harper Perennial
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Angela M
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up .
This is a quiet introspective story with no earth shattering plot line, yet this debut novel is powerful in its reflections on identity, what it means to belong, on motherhood, on relationships of mother and daughter, husbands and wives, the depth of love that friendship brings and ultimately on the meaning of home. The narrative starts out in the third person telling the story of young Japanese woman who defies her mother, meets a French man and after getting pregnant, gives up
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I would say this about a 3.25...maybe a little This was a short read. Sometimes I felt it a little hard to get into although I cannot figure out why. All in all it was a good story.
**Goodreads win**
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful. Wraps you up like your favorite blanket, then pulls itself away. Matalone offers the family as something malleable and permanent, and as based on faith as it is blood. I wish Id read this book when I was working on my thesis. ...more
Brandi Fundingsland
Nov 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Although the back synopsis sounds very interesting, I found I could only make it through 50 pages. It is written with a stream of consciousness style and jumps from character to character. I've read books in this style before, but found this one harder to follow along than others.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You dont just get pregnant, suffer the nine months, give birth, and become Mother. You choose this title."

I was surprised by the mixed reviews on this novel. The writing is unusual and a bit of a stream of consciousness-like, but in my opinion that didn't get in the way of this beautiful story. I loved this story because it's the kind of novel I enjoy the most: quiet with characters that are interesting and writing that's thoughtful.

"Some women do this all their lives. Iron, rear, sweep, wash,
Tali Ruth
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful new voice in fiction-- fresh, unexpected, and utterly necessary.
Leslie Lindsay
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An elegant, perceptive, yet powerful debut about what it means to belong, to search for self within the constructs of a home

HOME MAKING: A Novel by Lee Matalone (HarperPerennial, Feb 18 2020) is such an intangible kind of read--it's not fully a novel, not fully a memoir, but somewhere between. And I really loved this hybrid-like approach. It's told in first person and doesn't exactly follow the traditional arc of fiction, but it more meditative, quiet, introspective like one might expect of a
Lee Matalone breaks into the literary world with her debut, Home Making, which is an examination of domesticity, a feminized exploration of what it takes to build a home, both physically and metaphysically, and how difficult and rewarding it is to undertake the process alone. There are some fumbling phrases, the occasional clunky misstep of a debut author figuring out her voice, rhythm, and style, but these moments did not detract from the books nostalgic charm. I found that these awkward ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually when I have a hard time reviewing a book, its because I cant quite explain what about it affected me so much. Home Making is that book for me.

I loved so many relatable lines, moments and feelings in this book. I loved the humor. I felt so in tune with so much of it. The style was a difficult one to get used to. The writing was somehow both heavy and light. At times it was exquisite and brilliant and I wanted to reread so many lines. I just felt immersed.

I recommend this one when youre in
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was confusing. It was a stream of consciousness, a storyline I couldn't follow well, and characters that I couldn't connect to. Maybe I just didn't get it?
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Matalones emotional gut-punch of a first novel is a lush, heartfelt exploration of family and home. Home Making establishes her as a force, a singular voice and talent to watch for. ...more
Abby Kincer
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*Thanks to Harper Perennial for the free advanced copy of this book.

A quietly profound story of a mother and daughter, each navigating her own meanings of motherhood and "home."

This book is a very thoughtful piece of literary fiction, with clear plot line but ample room for free-thinking and introspection. The novel is short - under 200 pages - so isn't
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you build it....

A Review of Home Making by Lee Matalone

A couple of books arrived in the mail at the same time. So, judging by the covers, I picked the hardbound one with the purple and gold felt on the sleeve. I read a bit, wondering if women write for women, and men write for men; then switched to the other. And the first few pages were as amazing as anything I've ever read - profound, emotional, poignant. Literally moved me to tears. I had to set the book aside, and take time to think on
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: to-review
Home making is a quiet literary fiction novel written in a stream of consciousness style. I don't think this will be for everyone but I appreciate this stylistic choice. There were a lot of passages that I enjoyed. The novel is told from multiple perspectives. The chapters signify who we are following but sometimes it is not always clear to the point where I had to flip back and re-read parts just to make sure I was following the right person. The main character, Chloe, is recently separated ...more
Kathleen Gray
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of those love or hate novels but give it a try and you will be rewarded with a new author to watch. It's written in stream of consciousness; once you find your way in, it's easier than you think. Chloe's house is also a metaphor so that can go one of two ways- for me it was fine. She's an interesting character, as are those who surround her. While this is a challenge in spots, it's still an interesting read. Thanks to Edelweiss of the ARC. For fans of literary fiction.
Lovely Loveday
Home Making is an intriguing debut novel that is powerful in its reflections on identity. A story that is full of twists and turns, drama, family, and forbidden love. The characters are real and pull you into an emotional roller coast of emotions. Home Making is a story that is sure to stay with you long after you read the last page. 
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book was confusing to me at first. Cybil and Chloes stories overlapping to where I had to reread passages to know who was narrating and to whom they were referring. There were of couple of discrepancies. Other than that, I really enjoyed the story and the overall sense of what makes a home.
Kathy B
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Such an interesting read - the author spoke on so many completely voices through the variety of characters. I could only identify with a couple of the characters, however, so was left searching for their stories and ignoring the main writings.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary, edelweiss
Even if it's well written I found the plot confusing and had problems in following the stream of consciousness.
It's not my cup of tea.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Mary Tharp
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this story.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes hard to follow, yet there are moments of true insight and some beautifully written passages.
Caroline Sherwin
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 all around - I likened it to a House Tour where each room of Chloe's house told a story - Just easy to read & nothing to really go crazy about
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
I jus did not get this book at all. It was just so scattered.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a lovely story of 3 women, almost poetic in nature. I found the simple verse very entertaining.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not my cup of tea. I didn't like this at all.
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Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lee Matalone's style is gorgeous and original. I can feel the charge behind the words in a way I mostly associate with poetry. What interests me most about this narrative is how it makes me think about what it means to "make" a home with a new consciousness, with reverence even; and how it romanticizes non-romantic relationships. I mean that traditional romance isn't treated as the answer here but rather life and love is found in deep, unusual friendship and mother-child relationships. She ...more
Mike Lamkins
rated it it was amazing
Jan 21, 2020
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