Belonging

Belonging

Home Away From Home

Book - 2003
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The long-awaited new book from the acclaimed short story writer, author ofThe Elizabeth StoriesandYou Never Know. Belongingis pure pleasure to read -- entertaining, beautifully written, laced with gentle humour and perceptive insights. Shifting from memoir to fiction, it focuses on the commonplace experiences underlying our lives that are the true basis for storytelling. At the book's core is Isabel Huggan's old house in rural France, from where she contemplates the real meaning of "home," and the mysterious manner in which memory gives substance to ordinary things around us. With a light touch, she brings to life the people she has met in her travels from whom valuable lessons have been learned. Isabel Huggan writes with the candour and compassion that made her earlier books so well loved, and here she speaks even more clearly from the heart.Belongingis an intimate conversation between the narrator who needs to examine her life because it has not turned out as she expected, and her readers, who will find their own concerns illuminated in surprising ways. Slowly, a pattern emerges as certain motifs become apparent: happiness, friendship, landscape, language, heartache. As the book draws to a close, readers will understand the fictional character who says, "There is nothing in our lives that doesn't fit."
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, 2003.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780676975369
0676975364
Branch Call Number: 819.354 Hugga 3701 1
Characteristics: 337 pages

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 31, 2014

Entertaining, polished, laced with gentle humour - this Canadian author's memoir, is pure pleasure to read. This is her contemplation of the meaning of "home", written from the vantage point of having lived in Canada, Africa, the Philippines and Australia. Enjoy it and anticipate her acclaimed short story collections.

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mctremblay
Dec 14, 2010

Really enjoyed this memoir. Canadian who grew up in Elmira ON, followed her husband to work in Africa, and retired to France.
Try her other books.

riki Dec 10, 2009

This is a literary account of a woman approaching retirement, still learning new things in life and in French, a language that is troublesome for her.
Great read for book clubs.

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