The Walk Home

The Walk Home

Book - 2014
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Stevie comes from a long line of people who have cut and run. Just like he has. Stevie's been to London, taught himself to get by, and now he's working as a labourer not so far from his childhood home in Glasgow ...But he's not told his family - what's left of them - that he's back. Not yet. He's also not far from his Uncle Eric's house: another one who left - for love this time. Stevie's toughened himself up against that emotion. And as for his own mother, Lindsey ...well, she ran her whole life. From her father and Ireland, from her husband, and eventually from Stevie too. This is a powerful novel about the risk of love, and the madness and betrayals that can split a family. If you cut your ties, will you cut yourself adrift? Rachel Seiffert is an extraordinarily deft and humane writer who tells us the truth about love and about hope.
Publisher: London, Virago, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781844089932
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm.


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May 11, 2016

While I worried that something terrible might be just around the corner, I put my trust in the author, who gave us so many kind exchanges between family members ... loving, all. And while the characters certainly suffer losses, Seiffert is so skilled: Nothing histrionic or outsized happens here. Just daily live and love. A fine novel.

Dec 22, 2014

I read the blurb on the back cover it said it not only is a deeply human story but a powerful insight into the noise of identity.????????????? What does that mean????!!!!???!!!! Anyway I thought it seemed to be a story about a family that didn't express themselves very well. Not a lot of self-awareness. I stayed to the end but once I reached the end it was disappointing and I wished I hadn't stayed with it.

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