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House and Homeby Kathleen McCleary
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The story of a woman who loves her house so much that she'll do just about anything to keep it.
Ellen Flanagan has two precious girls to raise, a cozy neighborhood coffee shop to run, terrific friends, and a sexy husband. She adores her house, a yellow Cape Cod filled with quirky antiques, beloved nooks and dents, and a million memories. But now, at forty-four, she's about to lose it all.
After eighteen roller-coaster years of marriage, Ellen's husband, Sam — who's charismatic, spontaneous, and utterly irresponsible — has disappointed her in more ways than she can live with, and they're getting divorced. Her daughters are miserable about losing their daddy. Worst of all, the house that Ellen loves with all her heart must now be sold.
Ellen's life is further complicated by a lovely and unexpected relationship with the husband of the shrewish, social-climbing woman who has purchased the house. Add to that the confusion over how she really feels about her almost-ex-husband, and you have the makings of a delicious novel about what matters most in the end...
Set in the gorgeous surroundings of Portland, Oregon, Kathleen McCleary's funny, poignant, curl-up-and-read debut strikes a deep emotional chord and explores the very notion of what makes a house a home.
"After initiating a separation from her husband — whose repellently named invention, the splotch-catching 'hot dog diaper,' has bankrupted them — Ellen Flanagan, faced with supporting two young daughters, makes the levelheaded decision to sell the family home in the suburbs of Portland, Ore., to pay off debts and keep her business (a smalltown coffee shop) afloat. One daughter takes the change in stride, another plots to disrupt the sale, and Ellen soon finds herself struggling with her own deep feelings for the house. Obnoxious buyers make things worse, and lurking behind all her preparations to move is the possibility — alternately tempting and unsettling — of reconciling with husband Sam, who seems blindsided and bewildered. HGTV.com columnist McCleary's tale of real estate woe (plus a little entrepreneurship gone wrong) will resonate with unhappy homeowners, as will her portrait of a regular woman pushed to extremes trying to do the right thing for her family. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"At the center of Kathleen McCleary's impressive debut novel is a woman who risks destroying everything she has lovingly arranged just so someone else can't have it. House and Home is a riveting book, packed with wit, dramatic twists, powerful consequences, and pitch-perfect details." Joanna Scott, author of Liberation and Everybody Loves Somebody
About the Author
Kathleen McCleary is a reporter and writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, More, and Health, and on HGTV.com. She lives in northern Virginia.
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