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The Road Home by Rose Tremain
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Jul 02, 2011

it was amazing
Read from July 02 to 10, 2011

This is the story of a man down in his luck (widowed, out of work) who goes the London to find prosperity and a new life for his daughter and mother.
Once there he goes from meeting a kind heart on his train ride, to being homeless, finding a job, losing the job, find love, losing the love...and finally finding himself.
As he goes through the ups and downs of life in London, he carries the grief of the death of his wife with him and he never feels he will live up to his own or the world's expectations. He also left his town as the mill closed, and he feel the grief of the town dying with the mill closing.
It is only after he finds a new trade that he can move forward in his grief to find a new life goal.
It is the story of having to hit rock bottom and then finding his way back to a life that is fufilling and going "home" to take the new trade and bring prosperity to his Polish town that, once the dam was built, found a new life. Along the way he also brought new life to a man who was going through a bitter divorce, and prosperity to his best friend in Poland who also was trying to find his way.
Very inspirational story. I would recommend it.

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