A Country Called HomeLarge Print - 2009
In this engrossing and hearbreaking new novel, KIM BARNES reminds us of what it means to be young and in love, to what lengths people will go to escape loneliness, and the redemption found in family.
Set in the 1960s, A Country Called Home is the story of Thomas Deracotte and his pregnant wife, Helen, who abandon a guaranteed future in upper--crust Connecticut and take off for a utopian adventure in the Idaho wilderness. They buy a farm sight unseen and find the buildings collapsed, the fields in ruins. When Thomas realizes that he can't wield a hammer or an ax, a local boy, Manny - a sweet soul of eighteen without a family of his own - steps in.
Their optimism and desire carry them through the early days. But the sudden, frightening birth of Thomas and Helen's daughter, Elise, changes something deep inside their marriage. And in the aftermath of a tragic accident to which only Manny bears witness, the little family shatters. It is a legacy Elise will inherit and struggle with, until she ultimately finds a hope of her own.
"Barnes's spellbinding story details personal tragedy and failed Sixties idealism but ends with the hope of a new generation. Highly recommended." - Library Journal, starred.
"Fiction latticed by mystery, animated by myth, spiked with menace, and rooted in the raw poetry of the Idaho landscape ... Such anguish, such beauty." - Booklist, starred.
"Sadness and desires are revealed with wrenching detail." - Publishers Weekly, starred