The Home Place: A Novel

Carrie La Seur makes her remarkable debut with The Home Place, a mesmerizing, emotionally evocative, and atmospheric literary novel in the vein of The House Girl and A Land More Kind Than Home, in which a successful lawyer is pulled back into her troubled family s life in rural Montana in the wake of her sister s death.The only Terrebonne who made it out, Alma thought sheCarrie La Seur makes her remarkable debut with The Home Place, a mesmerizing, emotionally evocative, and atmospheric literary novel in the vein of The House Girl and A Land More Kind Than Home, in which a successful lawyer is pulled back into her troubled family s life in rural Montana in the wake of her sister s death.The only Terrebonne who made it out, Alma thought she was done with Montana, with its bleak winters and stifling ways But an unexpected call from the local police takes the successful lawyer back to her provincial hometown and pulls her into the family trouble she thought she d left far behind Her lying, party loving sister, Vicky, is dead Alma is told that a very drunk Vicky had wandered away from a party and died of exposure after a night in the brutal cold But when Alma returns home to bury Vicky and see to her orphaned niece, she discovers that the death may not have been an accident.The Home Place is a story of secrets that will not lie still, human bonds that will not break, and crippling memories that will not be silenced It is a story of rural towns and runaways, of tensions corporate and racial, of childhood trauma and adolescent betrayal, and of the guilt that even forgiveness cannot ease Most of all, this is a story of the place we carry in us always home.
The Home Place A Novel Carrie La Seur makes her remarkable debut with The Home Place a mesmerizing emotionally evocative and atmospheric literary novel in the vein of The House Girl and A Land More Kind Than Home in whi

  • Title: The Home Place: A Novel
  • Author: Carrie La Seur
  • ISBN: 9780062323453
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. so, this author decided to call me out for my review of her book:huffingtonpost/carrie-i would love to respond to her there, but i'm not going to join facebook just for that. so - if you want to join me here, ms. le seur, for a fruitful discussion about gender and genre and exactly who is dismissing whom, feel free to disregard the warning about authors approaching reviewers on here, because i'm not looking for a fight, but i am curious about some of your assertionsis is a novel about a successf [...]

    2. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. Dorothy GaleAlma Terrebonne is a successful Seattle-based corporate lawyer. She makes a nice living, has a handsome banker bf named Jean Marc, and a promising future that is hers for the taking. But when her little sister dies under suspicious circumstances she races home. Vicky Terrebonne was a single mother in Billings, Montana. One freezing night, she left the semi-conscious group of substance abusers at her apartment, hoping to scor [...]

    3. Well yes, I love this book. I wrote it, over nights and weekends and vacations, for most of the last ten years. It's like a firstborn child: you put everything into it, you know its flaws very well, but you couldn't love it any less and you're so proud to see it out in the world. I hope you'll love it too.

    4. “The cold on a Saturday night in Billings, Montana, is personal and spiritual . . .”I was completely hooked by The Home Place even before I had it in my hands. Just reading the hauntingly beautiful opening pages sampled on made me almost desperate to go on, and I recommend trying that if you might be interested because the finished book fully met all my hopeful expectations based on that passage--if you enjoy the first section I think you’ll love the book. After the death of her parents, [...]

    5. This is one of those books I found through a friend. I am so glad I did. It is a mesmerizing story of family, secrets, lies and devotion to a place and land that never stops. Alma’s story is riveting.

    6. Beautiful writing. Some of the descriptions are poetic. It's probably more a three star for most readers. But I just could not connect to Alma, nor the initial tale of sorry parenthood by her deceased sister. Plot seems the typical dysfunction cliché, and Montana more the star than the people are who live there.

    7. In clear, lovely prose, LaSeur draws an entire matrix of tensions - territorial, familial, romantic, internal. An honest portrait of a new wild west, every character spoke to me, felt familiar. A smart, surprising read.

    8. She thought she had escaped her broken family and the detritus of her life in Billings, Montana. But Alma Terrebonne, a successful lawyer living in Seattle, finds herself roped back into the family left behind, with all of its lies, secrets, and crippling memories.On an early Sunday morning in January, a phone call takes Alma back, to the sad consequences of her sister Vicky's party-loving life, and the eleven-year-old niece who needs her.How will Vicky's death change everything about Alma's lif [...]

    9. The accolades and reviews for this book has left me bewildered and confused. I am unsure why this book received so much praise, cause this book was extremely forgettable, trite and typical. Despite the poor character development,nothing about this novel made me want to continue reading after the first chapter. All of the paragraphs jumbled together without no sense of direction, felt like I was reading a long movie script without including the character names. Most importantly that contributed t [...]

    10. The ultimate in family dynamics. Rape, murder and romance. Some members of the Tennebonne family want to maintain the Home Place and it's mineral rights. A first love comming full circle to total commitment. The author did such a wonderful job, bringing the reader to Montana and all the places familiar to her. I loved the book

    11. A terrific book, in which Montana's icy snow-bound beauty is as much of a character as the protagonist, Oxford-educated mergers-and-acquisition lawyer Alma Terrebonne. Drawn back home by the death or perhaps murder of her ne'r-do-well younger sister, found frozen, face down in a Billings snowbank, Alma faces for the first time the cold truth about her family. Perhaps no other author has captured so chillingly, the feelings of loss, responsibility and dread when returning home of someone who's ma [...]

    12. Way too predictable and cliche. Characters weren't well-built, and therefore not very likable. The city girl with her protein drinks and insane schedule, the suave and passive French boyfriend, the ruggedly-handsome, broken-hearted cowboy please. It was just too much. If there wasn't a mystery to it, and it was merely the girl-comes-home-and-finds-herself story, I'd have ditched it right away.

    13. A little slow at first, but this turned out to be a good, solid family saga, with a touch of romance, wrapped around a mystery that needed solving. It takes place in my home state of Montana, so the descriptions of people and places were familiar, and written well. I liked the main characters, and the mystery angle was handled well, with lots of false leads, twists and turns.

    14. I felt like I really knew these characters, including one of the main characters, Montana itself, thanks to the vivid and keen description in this page-turner. This was definitely a book I didn't want to put down. Carrie La Seur somehow manages to relay complexities of family dynamics, land politics, addiction and law in just a few perfect sentences. She makes it look easy, but so do Olympic gymnasts.You know I'm nuts for a book when I start casting the movie of it in my head. I'd love to see so [...]

    15. When San Francisco attorney Alma returns to Montana, a twisty-turny death investigation soon begins to look like a murder investigation. Alma's sister, Vicky, always the bad girl, has now come to a bad end, and the potential suspects are numerous. There's a meth dealer, Vicky's ex-husband, and a pushy mine representative trying to acquire mineral rights.Alma has been estranged from her sister, and her brother Pete, and other family members, and as soon as she sets foot on the tarmac in Billings, [...]

    16. An intriguing character study set against the backdrop of rural Montana. It's a haunting story, and tone is important. Listen to the wonderful audio version read by Andrus Nichols--she evokes the landscape, characters, and tone beautifully. There are some plot issues--characters and plot lines left hanging--but the polished, lyrical prose; the compelling pace (time/date stamps head chapters to help us remember all this takes place in just days); the interesting characters; and the fully realized [...]

    17. When Alma returns to Montana for her sister's funeral she runs into all the reasons she left many years ago. Her niece, Brittany needs someone to love her and Alma needs to figure out if her sister Vicky was murdered or died in a drunken stupor. As a lawyer in the middle of a major case, she plans to attend the funeral and return to Seattle but things don't work out that way. A great story that proves you can go home again and blood is thicker than water.

    18. Don't they say "you can't go home again"? Well,maybe you can! A great story - loved it. Thanks to Goodreaads for the book!

    19. Wonderful book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Can't wait for her next book to come out!

    20. I enjoyed the setting of this book. The mystery itself was crafted well and revealed at a satisfying pace. However, the romance and easy denouement felt too silly.

    21. Magnificence and Malfeasance: A magnificent place where “evil exists” (Montana, present-day): When was the last time a novel brought you to tears? So much emotion in Carrie La Seur’s prose – enchanted, poignant, angry. The soul of northern plains Montana looms large, as important as the emotionally-felt characters. Understandable, for this over 10 years in the making debut is deeply rooted to the author’s Montana stretching seven generations to the 1860s. The “home place” preserves [...]

    22. Ugh. Cookie-cutter, predictable. Ridiculous reveal at the end. I'm always a little suspicious when an author has either been a lawyer or doctor first and taken up writing second. Over-achievers. It makes me want to re-focus my attentions on those authors who have only ever wanted to write and have had to scratch out a living in the early days of their careers to do it.

    23. THE HOME PLACE, by Carrie La Seur, a riveting, powerful, and emotional debut novel about one family’s heritage of love, loss, and forgiveness. Attorney Alma Terrebonne is wound tight, organized, and highly professional with a successful career in Seattle as an attorney. She left her home town of Billings, Montana years ago and never wanted to look back, as it hold too many unpleasant memories. When she receives a call about her younger troubled sister, Vicky found dead, she is flooded with gui [...]

    24. This book has it all: an amazing combination of mystery, romance and family dysfunction, with dark secrets from the past. Above all, it's an ode to kind of pull that brings you back to the place you grew up, even after you've tried to leave it. I have felt this pull myself drawing me back to our family ranch in Colorado.In this case, The Home Place is a ranch east of Billings, Montana. The author has a gift for evoking its hold on her protagonist, Alma, a successful young Seattle attorney who ha [...]

    25. It's the kind of phone call no one ever wants to receive: Alma's sister, Vicky, is dead. It's been five years since Alma last saw Vicky. Five years since she was last home in Billings, Montana. Vicky's life hasn't been easy - the three siblings (Pete, Alma, and Vicky) - lost their parents when Vicky was just twelve. Pete was a military man with a drinking problem and Alma, at seventeen, couldn't handle taking care of the family. It fell to their aunt and uncle to raise Vicky. When she got pregna [...]

    26. I was drawn to this book due to its location obviously. I love my new home state and I've found myself reading more books that take place in it - modern and historical. This book opens in winter with a description of the cold of Montana and after last winter I felt one with that cold.This is the story of a family with deep roots in Montana but a family that holds its secrets close. Alma was able to escape her small town and lives a very successful life in Seattle where she is a busy lawyer livin [...]

    27.  "Montana has drawn her close to whisper in her ear that evil exists, even in places of great beauty."I love finding a new author, an exceptional author, when I least expect it. THE HOME PLACE drew me in from the very first page, bringing back memories of growing up on the Western and the Midwestern plains. And, of course, there's the part about dysfunctional families, too, that brings back too clear of memories.Author La Seur tells us a story of beauty and squalor, of love and all the mixed fe [...]

    28. Author Carrie La Seur's debut work, "The Home Place", is an atmospheric, involving tale of a woman's involuntary return to her past. Attorney Alma Terrebonne has created a tightly-scheduled, neatly-ordered life for herself with a successful career in Seattle. With everything in its proper place, she can immerse herself in her work, pushing herself hard enough to keep haunting memories of her Montana youth at bay. A phone call changes all that when she is informed that her troubled younger sister [...]

    29. The Home PlaceBy: Carrie La Seur Pages. 304Published By: William Morrow & CompanyCopy Courtesy of TheReadingRoom Advanced Reading CopyReviewed By: tkVicky’s dead! Alma Terrebonne works in Seattle as an attorney for a prestigious law firm. Leaving Montana behind and all the memories with it, she feels that life is going in the right direction. A career, a great male companion, and all is well…until a phone call from the Montana Police Department telling her that her sister Vicky is dead. [...]

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