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Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper
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it was ok
bookshelves: 2018ng, kindle

I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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From Emma Hooper, critically acclaimed author of Etta and Otto and Russell and James, a People magazine “Pick of the Week,” comes a lyrical, charming, and mystical story of a family on the edge of extinction, and the different way each of them fights to keep hope, memory, and love alive.

The Connor family is one of the few that is still left in their idyllic fishing village, Big Running; after the fish mysteriously disappeared, most families had no choice but to relocate and find work elsewhere. Aidan and Martha Connor now spend alternate months of the year working at an energy site up north to support their children, Cora and Finn. But soon the family fears they’ll have to leave Big Running for good. And as the months go on, plagued by romantic temptations new and old, the emotional distance between the once blissful Aidan and Martha only widens.

Between his accordion lessons and reading up on Big Running’s local flora and fauna, eleven-year-old Finn Connor develops an obsession with solving the mystery of the missing fish. Aided by his reclusive music instructor Mrs. Callaghan, Finn thinks he may have discovered a way to find the fish, and in turn, save the only home he’s ever known. While Finn schemes, his sister Cora spends her days decorating the abandoned houses in Big Running with global flair—the baker’s home becomes Italy; the mailman’s, Britain. But it’s clear she’s desperate for a bigger life beyond the shores of her small town. As the streets of Big Running continue to empty Cora takes matters—and her family’s shared destinies—into her own hands.

In Our Homesick Songs, Emma Hooper paints a gorgeous portrait of the Connor family, brilliantly weaving together four different stories and two generations of Connors, full of wonder and hope. Told in Hooper’s signature ethereal style, each page of this incandescent novel glows with mythical, musical wonder.
Newfoundland is a bucket list trip for me – its landscape seems lyrical and the tiny towns magical: this confounds people who know me as I am not an outdoor kind of girl to the point where I do not even eat outside. (BUGS!!!!). The iceberg on the cover spoke volumes to me: only 10% of the iceberg is above water and the rest is hidden beneath the surface. At times the book was too ICEBERG for my liking: I wanted Hooper to get to the point and get it out on the page.
I wanted to like this book more than I ended up (2.5 rounded up to 3 of 5 stars) – it just tried too hard for my liking to be THE GREAT CANADIAN NOVEL. It driveled on and one and it bugged me at times – I skimmed through and finished it quickly as it could not hold my attention.
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Started Reading
June 23, 2018 – Shelved
June 23, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018ng
June 23, 2018 – Shelved as: kindle
June 23, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Lindsay - Traveling Sister Just finished this and felt very similar to you Janet. Great review!


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